Dolphins join Swanage lifeboat on a rescue to a stricken fishing vessel

Lifeboats News Release

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.

Swanage lifeboat putting the casualty fishing alongside Poole Quay

RNLI/Mark Corbett

Swanage lifeboat alongside the casualty fishing vessel
The fishing vessel was quickly found and the two crew onboard were happy to take a line and be towed to safety. Once the vessel was under tow towards Poole Harbour it became apparent that the tangled line and fishing gear over the side of the vessel was making towing difficult. Slow progress was made, and whilst underway a pod of dolphins joined the tow!

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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Swanage lifeboat was joined by a pod of dolphins whilst towing in a stricken fishing vessel

RNLI/Andy Redout

Dolphins alongside Swanage lifeboat
Swanage all-weather lifeboat manouvering the stricken fishing vessel alongside

RNLI/Mark Corbett

Swanage all-weather lifeboat manouvering the stricken fishing vessel alongside

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