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Weymouth RNLI Lifeboats Recover Two Vessels

Lifeboats News Release

Weymouth RNLI all-weather lifeboat responded to a task from the Coastguard at 6.34pm yesterday Monday 2 May.

Two vessels in tow by RNLI lifeboat

RNLI/Nick Massey

Two vessels in tow by RNLI lifeboat

A 10m wooden sailing vessel was drifting 12nm WSW of Portland bill having suffered engine failure.

A nearby similar-sized vessel was on the scene who had attempted a tow but was not making any headway.

A person on the assisting yacht sustained an injury so it was decided to take both boats in tow.

On approaching Weymouth the coxswain requested the launch of the inshore lifeboat to bring one of the boats in and the volunteer crew launched the ILB at 10.45pm.

Both boats were recovered successfully and the casualty was transferred into the care of the HM Coastguard who arranged their transfer to Dorset County Hospital.

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