Calshot RNLI aid capsized dinghy in strong winds
At 11.36 on the morning of 17 March Calshot RNLI D Class Lifeboat 'Willet' was out on a routine training exercise when it was tasked to help a dinghy in difficulty.
There were two dinghys at the scene and two persons. Due to the strong winds they were unable to keep the position of the upright dingy to allow them to right the capsized vessel.
The volunteer crew from Calshot RNLI went over to assist. The RNLI crew tied the upright dingy to a tow line attached to the lifeboat to keep them head to wind, with this boat secure the person from the capsized vessel was able to enter the water and right their dingy.
Once the capsized dingy was able to get back on their way, the boat attached on the tow line was able to adjust their sails and head off back to Hamble.
Both persons on board were wearing life jackets, which aided in their safety during the incident.
After the Calshot crew were satisfied the dingys were no longer in need of assistance the lifeboat returned to station.
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