Weymouth lifeboat launched to vessel close to rocks
Weymouth RNLI all-weather lifeboat was launched at 11.20am on Wednesday 28th August to go to the assistance of an 8m sports fishing boat which had broadcast a Pan Pan radio message after it suffered engine failure and was in danger of drifting onto the rocks at Portland Bill.
When the lifeboat arrived on scene at 11.46am the volunteer crew quickly established that the 2 people and a dog that were on board were safe and well. A line was passed and a tow back to Weymouth began at 11.53am.
Later, when in the shelter of Grove Point Portland, the crew of the fishing boat managed to start their engine, so the tow was dropped and the lifeboat escorted the vessel back to Weymouth under her own steam.
Arriving back at Weymouth Harbour at 12.52pm the lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for the next shout.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.