Poole lifeboat volunteers assist 35ft grounded yacht
Poole Lifeboat was tasked to launch this evening (May 16) at 5.25pm by UK Coastguard after a 35ft yacht called for assistance in Poole Harbour.
The yacht was on passage from Lymington to Poole with three people onboard and on the final approaches up the main channel lost engine power and ran aground.
The volunteer lifeboat crew swiftly arrived on scene and found the yacht being pushed further onto the sandbank with the flood tide.
A crewmember was placed onboard the yacht to check all was well and a tow line was passed across. Gentle pressure was applied to the tow and in the direction away from the sandbank. After a short time the vessel was pulled clear into deeper water. The vessel was then checked for signs of any water ingress and towed to Poole Quay Boat Haven.
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 over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, 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.