All-weather lifeboat tasked to becalmed yacht close to rocks

Lifeboats News Release

The skipper of a 21' yacht contact the UK Coastguard when the yacht's engine failed close to rocks near Dancing Ledge.

Swanage lifeboat crew

RNLI/Roydon Woodford

Swanage lifeboat crew
With not enough wind to sail the yacht was drifting with the tide and the skipper was becoming increasingly concerned about his proximity to the shore.

The lifeboat volunteers were paged and the lifeboat was on its way a little over 10 minutes later.

The stricken yacht was located close to Dancing Ledge and two crew members put aboard to assess the situation.

The skipper was OK but there was nothing could be done with his engine to fix it at sea so the yacht was taken in tow back to Swanage. Once safely back in Swanage bay the yacht was secured to the RNLI mooring and the skipper brought ashore to arrange repairs.

ALB Crew: (Coxn) Gavin Steeden, Matthew Steeden, Anthony Corben, Bryan Jones, Roydon Woodford, Andy Redout, Alan Parmenter
Shore Crew: (Head Launcher) Gary Buglass, (Winchman) Dave Turnbull, Felix Williams, Ben Clarke, Jamie Trumper

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