Dolphins join Swanage lifeboat on a rescue to a stricken fishing vessel
At lunchtime today (Tuesday 14 April), the volunteer crew of Swanage Lifeboat Station were launched to assist a fishing vessel that was left helpless and drifting after the propeller became fouled on lines nearly four nautical miles northeast of Old Harry Rocks.
Two and a half hours later the Swanage lifeboat arrived at Poole Quay and the fishing vessel was secured alongside with help from Poole HM Coastguard volunteers. With the fishing vessel now safely in harbour, the all-weather lifeboat was able to return to Swanage to be refuelled, ready for service.
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