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Another late night callout for the volunteers at Swanage Lifeboat Station

Lifeboats News Release

The crew's pagers sounded just before 11pm after Solent Coastguard received a call from the skipper of a 26' trimaran.

Swanage lifeboat crew

RNLI/Roydon Woodford

Swanage lifeboat crew
The yacht was struggling with the conditions in the tidal overfalls off St Albans Head. The yacht was also running short of fuel and the two people onboard were starting to worry about their safety.

The lifeboat slid down its slipway 12 minutes after the crew were paged and soon found the yacht about 1.5Nm south of St Albans Head. A lifeboat crew member was put aboard the yacht to make sure everyone was OK and to assist with connecting a tow.

Once the tow was connected slow progress was made towards the safety of Poole Harbour. The forecast of easterly winds meant that it was not possible to moor the vessel in Swanage Bay so the longer trip to Poole was required.

At 2.15am the yacht was safely secured in Poole Harbour and the volunteers were released to return to station finally arriving back on their slipway just before 3am.

ALB Crew: (Coxn) Dave Turnbull, Robert Aggas, Tom Greasty, Dan Lander, Bryan Jones, Andy Redout
Shore Crew: (Head Launcher) Paul Bedford, Jamie Trumper, Nigel Bower

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