Weymouth RNLI launch to capsized fishing boat

Lifeboats News Release

Weymouth’s volunteer lifeboat crew launched this morning (20 October) to reports of a fishing boat that had capsized off Portland Bill. The two fishermen had evacuated their 6.8 metre vessel into a life raft.

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Weymouth RNLI rescue fisherman from capsized boat

HMS Westminster also responded to the Mayday call and arrived on scene just before Weymouth’s all weather lifeboat. Their sea boat launched to take the casualties off the life raft and transferred them onto the lifeboat, where RNLI volunteers provided casualty care.

One of the fishing crew had sustained a head injury so with the Coastguard Helicopter on scene, he was airlifted from the lifeboat and transferred to Dorchester hospital. The other casualty was taken back to Weymouth lifeboat station where he was handed into the care of the ambulance service.

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Weymouth RNLI rescue fisherman from capsized vessel

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Two fisherman rescued from their liferaft by Weymouth RNLI

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