Jet skier with loss of power half a mile south of Hengistbury Head.

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI Mudeford volunteer lifeboat launched today at 3.40pm to a report of a Jet Skier with loss of power half a mile south of Hengistbury Head.

RNLI Mudeford volunteer lifeboat launched on 28 March at 3.40pm to a report of a Jet Skier with loss of power half a mile south of Hengistbury Head.

He had in person called the Coastguard to inform them of his estimated position and the fact he was drifting.

For our own safety we asked the Coastguard to ascertain if there was any CV-19 risk, they called him on his mobile to ask and he said no known risk or symptoms.

After observing our safe distancing launch procedure - we then launched and quickly located the jet-ski.

After assessing the casualty - the crew connected a tow line and brought the casualty and ski back to his point of launching at Christchurch Quay & we returned to the station.

The lifeboat crew then left - and the station was then in turn cleaned and disinfected by our designated volunteer team.

It’s made the process of launching and recovery a bit longer - but safer.

You will be aware that Mudeford Quay is now closed for visitors in vehicles.

We ask all of you to please do your part and play your role in distancing and following the Governments guidelines.


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