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Yacht towed to Pier by Swanage Inshore Lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

The Swanage D-class inshore lifeboat (ILB) launched to assist a yacht after its propellor was fouled on rope.

Swanage inshore lifeboat, Jack & Phyl


Swanage inshore lifeboat, Jack & Phyl
The reported position of the yacht was plotted, confirming that a yacht that could be seen from the boathouse was probably the vessel in question.

The D class was quickly alongside to find the yacht was firmly fixed by its propellor to a string of pots. The ILB placed a crew member on board the yacht before establishing a tow to take the load off the fouled rope. With some careful manoeuvring the line was freed enough to be cut safely, and the yacht was now free of the line of pots.

The yacht's engine still could not be used until its prop was cleared of rope, so the ILB continued the tow, securing the yacht to a pontoon alongside Swanage Pier. The owners could then arrange for the rope to be cleared before continuing their journey.

The ILB and its volunteer crew were then able to return to station to refuel the lifeboat ready for service.

ILB Crew: (Helm) Becky Mack, Bryan Jones, Ben Jarvis

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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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