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All weather lifeboat tasked to Studland Bay to investigate a yacht

Lifeboats News Release

Just a few hours after being washed down from the exercise and rescue earlier in the day the lifeboat was requested to launch again.

Swanage lifeboat crew

RNLI/Roydon Woodford

Swanage lifeboat crew
The UK Coastguard had received a report from a boat in Studland Bay that they had been hit by a yacht that appeared to have dragged its anchor. The yacht had gone on to hit another boat and the yacht's skipper seemed to be struggling to control the vessel. The Coastguard were unable to raise the yacht by VHF radio and were concerned that the skipper could be in difficulties.

The lifeboat launched and was on scene 10 minutes later. Two casualty care trained crew were put aboard the yacht to have a chat with the skipper and make sure that he was OK. The skipper confirmed that he was fine but had been unable to find the keys to the yacht's engine when the anchor started dragging. The lifeboat volunteers agreed to help him set his anchor again and once they were happy that it was holding well they were taken back aboard the lifeboat and the lifeboat was released to return to station.

ALB Crew: (Coxn) Dave Turnbull, Tom Greasty, Matthew Steeden, Darren Tomes, Bryan Jones, Alice Haw
Shore Crew: (Head Launcher) Andy Redout, (Winchman) Luke Kill, Richard Lloyd, Felix Williams

Notes to Editors

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