Poole Lifeboat was launched by UK Coastguard at 4.40pm (Friday April 1) to a report of a 30ft yacht with three people on board. The yacht had encountered engine failure and was in the vicinity of the Training Bank, two of the three people on board were feeling ill.
The Lifeboat was soon on scene, two crew were transferred across, they checked the people were okay and assessed the situation. The lifeboat crew determined that to remove the yacht from the main channel and get the casualties to safety, the lifeboat would need to take the stricken yacht under tow.
Conditions were fresh with a cold north easterly wind force 5.
The lifeboat took the yacht to a mooring off Poole yacht club where the lifeboat and casualties were met by the clubs’ launch, once secured to a mooring and all safe and the lifeboat returned to station.
After refuelling and wash down the lifeboat was ready for service by 7pm, with back to back shouts, a busy couple of days for the volunteer crew.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.