Yacht caught on pot marker buoy off St Albans Head assisted by Swanage lifeboat
The UK Coastguard requested the help of Swanage all-weather lifeboat when a 22' traditional yacht found itself caught in the lines of a pot marker buoy.
On arrival at the stranded vessel, a crew member was placed aboard the yacht to help the 2 people onboard and a short time later the yacht was cut free.
The propeller, however, was still wrapped in the rope, so the yacht had no engine power. In the very light wind conditions it was safest to take the vessel under tow and proceed back to Swanage.
Steady progress was made along the cliffs, across Durlston Bay and back into Swanage Bay. The yacht was then secured to the lifeboat mooring and its crew dropped ashore to make arrangements for an inspection.
The lifeboat was rehoused, washed down and made ready for the next incident, whenever that should occur.
ALB Crew: (Coxn) Robert Aggas, Gavin Steeden, John Deas, Matthew Steeden, Duncan Youngs, Sam Aggas
Shore Crew: (Head Launcher) Andy Redout, (Winchman) Paul Bedford, Felix Williams
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