Grounded vessels sparks callout for Poole volunteers

Lifeboats News Release

Poole lifeboats were requested to launch to a ‘Mayday’ by UK Coastguard, Sunday June 7 just after 6pm.


Poole D-class alongside the grounded vessel

A 35ft motorboat with 7 people on-board had put out a ‘Mayday’ as they had encountered engine issues and had drifted into the shallows off Cobbs Quay, going hard aground.

The D Class was able to go in close and checked that everyone on-board was okay, which they were however, they had been stuck fast for a good hour, so the D Class shuttled some ashore to Cobbs Quay as the cold squally showers passed through.
The Atlantic had been standing by, when a 21ft speedboat also ran aground just outside the channel, the Atlantic crew gave it a little tow, a nudge to get back on course and as the vessel entered deeper water it was able to make its own way back to Cobbs.

By now the tide had crept back enabling the Atlantic to get closer to the stricken speedboat, the lifeboat went alongside and the crew rigged up a tow, whilst the D Class manoeuvred to the bow and attached another tow line, working together the lifeboats eased the vessel back int the channel and into deeper water.

The D Class let the tow go and the Atlantic took the boat back to Cobbs Quay.

After it was made secure both boats headed back through Holes Bay, enjoying the double rainbows after a thorough cleanse and kit wash down the lifeboats were made ready for service by 8.45pm.

And, it was a Birthday ‘Shout’ for crew Mark Corbett, now that’s dedication!


The second smaller vessel under tow


Poole volunteers heading towards the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow

RNLI/Matt Thomas

A double rainbow seen over Poole Quay

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