Lifeboat tows in broken down vessel

Lifeboats News Release

Weymouth RNLI Inshore lifeboat was launched at 9.08pm on Wednesday 5th Feb. 2020 to go to the aid of a angling vessel broken down near to Portland Harbour.

Weymouth ILB

RNLI/Ken Francis

Weymouth ILB

The Coastguard reported that an 18' Shelly class boat with 3 persons on board had been returning from a fishing trip when they suffered engine failure approx half a mile from the Hood entrance to Portland harbour.

On scene at 9.21pm the volunteer crew quickly established that the crew of the broken vessel were safe and well. A line was passed and the boat was towed to Portland Marina where they were met by Portland Coastguard CRT who helped to tie the boat up and offered safety advice.

The Inshore lifeboat then returned to station at 10.30pm refuelled and made ready for the next shout.

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