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Both Swanage lifeboats respond to Pan Pan call for yacht that had struck rocks

Lifeboats News Release

The UK Coastguard requested both of the Swanage lifeboats to locate and assist a yacht, reported to be in a position close to Chapmans Pool, when it struck rocks.

Swanage Lifeboat Crew

RNLI/Roydon Woodford

Swanage Lifeboat Crew
The D class inshore lifeboat (ILB) was first away in good conditions and headed for St Albans Head. The Shannon class all-weather lifeboat (ALB) was close behind as St Albans Head was rounded, and an updated position of the casualty was requested as several RADAR and AIS targets were in the area.
A few minutes later the yacht was identified and the ALB came alongside. A crew member was placed aboard to help the skipper check the boat over for any damage or ingress of water - none was found. The ILB was released to return to station but, as the skipper and family were a little shaken by their experience, the lifeboat escorted the yacht for a while as they returned to their intended course.
Confident that the yacht was not in any immediate danger, the ALB recovered the crew member and set a course to return to Swanage.
Both boats were then washed down and re-fuelled ready for further service.
ALB Crew: (Coxn) Dave Turnbull, Steve Williams, Gavin Steeden, Anthony Corben, Roydon Woodford, Duncan Youngs, Neil Brooks
ILB Crew: (Helm) Becky Mack, Darren Tomes, Andy Redout
Shore Crew: (Head Launcher) Luke Kill, (Winchman) Andy Redout, Morgan Woodford, Nigel Bower, Julian Vass, Ben Bamber, Martha Tavinor

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