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Poole lifeboat assists yacht which had run aground after mechanical issues

Lifeboats News Release

Poole Lifeboats were requested to launch at 6.30pm by UK Coastguard on Thursday (May 28) to a report of a 39ft Yacht that had transmitted a ‘Mayday’ call, as they were aground with mechanical failure.

The stricken vessel with 1 adult and 2 children onboard were near Lake Pier, the lifeboat was soon on scene, they checked that everyone was okay and safe. A towline was attached, and the lifeboat towed the vessel to a mooring close by, where they secured the vessel.

As the vessel was not in any immediate danger and all was safe and well, the lifeboat crew returned to station.

The Mayday distress signal is used internationally and originally from the French term "venez m'aider" meaning "come help me".

The lifeboat returned to station and was made ready for service just before 8.00pm

The RNLI has set robust procedures that the lifeboat volunteers are adhering to so that the lifeboat crews can launch and operate safely whilst maintaining social distancing where practically possible, to keep everyone safe.


Poole lifeboat with a tow attached

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