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Poole Lifeboat launched in rough conditions to sailing vessel with lost rudders

Lifeboats News Release

Poole Lifeboat launched Friday (September 25) just before 2pm to assist a 18ft Mini Trans-Atlantic race yacht which had lost both its rudders.

The stricken vessel with 3 people on-board was about 4miles south of harbour entrance.

The conditions in Poole Bay were moderate with 1.5-2.5m swells and fresh north westerly winds F5-6.

The lifeboat took over the tow from a passing yacht that had been in the area and had responded to the original call for help.

Once the tow was established the lifeboat brought the stricken vessel back to Poole Quay Boat Haven where the Poole Coastguard rescue team were on hand to meet them.

The lifeboat returned to station after refuelling, a wash down and sanitisation the lifeboat was ready for service by 4.45pm.


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