Sailing boat aground at the entrance to Christchurch harbour
RNLI Mudeford were paged at 6pm to assist a sailing boat aground at the entrance to Christchurch harbour with 2 people on board and were being pushed by the breaking seas and wind further onto the banks.
RNLI Mudeford Volunteer Lifeboat launched and was soon on scene.
We put a volunteer crew on board the vessel and passed and attached a tow line and proceeded to take the yacht under tow to the safety of Christchurch harbour.
The vessel was on passage from the Isle of Wight to Poole when they decided that due to the strong winds and rough condition to seek shelter in Christchurch but unfortunately went aground while trying to enter the harbour.
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.