Cabin cruiser saved from being wrecked on rocks
Weymouth RNLI all-weather lifeboat was launched at the request of the Coastguard to go to the aid of a 21 foot cabin cruiser which had broken down and was in danger of being blown onto the rocks of Portland Harbour.
The lifeboat was launched at 1.45pm on Sunday 29th September to go to a position just inside the Northern entrance to Portland Harbour.
Prior to the arrival of the lifeboat, the dive boat from Old Harbour Dive Shop in Weymouth Harbour had responded to the distress call as they were nearby and had managed to get a rope to the single person on the boat and managed to just hold the boat off of the rocks.
Once on scene the volunteer lifeboat crew soon had their own rope attached to the stricken boat which, in the near gale force winds and considerable chop, was just a few metres from the rocks.
With the tow established, the broken down vessel was taken to Weymouth Harbour arriving at 2.40pm where they were met by the Wyke Regis Coastguard team who helped to tie her up and offered safety advice to the owner.
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.