Weymouth RNLI lifeboats aids yacht in thick fog

Lifeboats News Release

Weymouth RNLI all-weather lifeboat was launched at 7.45pm on Monday 22nd July to reports from Solent Coastguard of a yacht in need of assistance.

Yacht tied alongside Weymouth lifeboat as it enters Weymouth Harbour

RNLI/Tim Anderton

The yacht tied alongside Weymouth lifeboat

The 14M motor sailing yacht with 5 persons on board was on its way from Dartmouth to Cowes when she became becalmed and then the crew found that they had engine failure, with thick fog adding to the problems.

The lifeboat arrived on scene 2 miles SE of Portland Bill at 8.22pm and having established that all onboard the yacht were ok, passed a line and towed the vessel to Weymouth Harbour arriving at 10.20pm.

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