Yacht caught on pot marker buoy off St Albans Head assisted by Swanage lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

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.

Swanage all-weather lifeboat launching to assist yacht caught on pot buoy

RNLI/Becky Mack

Swanage all-weather lifeboat launching to assist yacht caught on pot buoy
The lifeboat launched and, after a little confusion over the yacht's confirmed location, further information was received and the lifeboat made good speed in lovely smooth conditions to St Albans Head.

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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For more information please telephone Becky Mack, Swanage RNLI Volunteer Press Officer on 07812 558487 or at [email protected]

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