Busy Night for Weymouth Inshore Lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

Weymouth RNLI Inshore lifeboat was launched at 18.39pm on Sunday 14th July to go to the assistance of a small RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) which had broken down and was close to the rocks North of Blacknoor Point Portland.

Weymouth ILB

RNLI/Ken Francis

Weymouth ILB

The 2 man crew of the RIB had no comms with them when they got into trouble and luckily their distress signals was spotted by a group of climbers who did the correct thing and called 999 and asked for the Coastguard. They in turn tasked the Inshore lifeboat which arrived on scene at 7.09pm to find that in the mean time another RIB had the first one in tow. The volunteer crew of the lifeboat then escorted both RIB's back to Portland Harbour just in case of any other mishaps.

The lifeboat was then released and returned to station at 8.30pm. The lifeboat was then refuelled and made ready for the next shout.

That next shout came at at 0557am on Monday 15th July when following a 999 call the Inshore lifeboat was tasked to go to the aid of a fisherman who had fallen down at the base of White Nothe with a suspected broken ankle. The lifeboat was on scene at 0627am and had the casualty on board by 06.35am with the help from Coastguards who were also on scene.

The casualty was taken to Ringstead Beach to a waiting ambulance at 06.48am.

The Coastguard then released the lifeboat and they returned to station just after 7.00am where she was refuelled and made ready for the next shout.

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