Poole Lifeboat was requested to launch by UK Coastguard just before 9pm (Thursday August 26) to a report of a small dinghy with two people on-board that had broken down in the back of the harbour near to Goathorn Point.
This was the first shout for newly qualified D class helm Stirling Taylor.
The D class made its way across Wills Cut through the harbour then west of the islands, to locate the stricken vessel.
Conditions were clear, there was a north easterly breeze, and it was pitch black, the volunteer crew using their torches and navigation located the casualty, who was 100 metres West of Goatshorn.
Once on scene, the lifeboat crew checked that the occupants were okay, a welfare check as they had got stuck, trying to restart the engine and had no means of propulsion.
One crew member was transferred across, and with luck, he managed to restart the engine, the lifeboat then escorted the vessel back as they did not have any navigation lights and they may have incurred engine failure again, they made their way to where they had launched from earlier at Lake Road slipway.
Once all safe, the lifeboat returned to station, just as the weekly fireworks were illuminating the night sky at Poole Quay, so the crew lingered a bit longer between the quays to enjoy them.
The lifeboat was washed down and refuelled and made ready for service by 10.30pm.
Congratulations to Stirling who passed out as Helm on Tuesday evening and celebrated completing his ‘maiden voyage’ as Helm tonight with fireworks, well done Stirling!
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