Seasick skipper on yacht requests assistance

Lifeboats News Release

The solo skipper issued a Pan Pan radio call 4Nm East of Old Harry Rocks when his yacht suffered mechanical issues.

Swanage all-weather lifeboat

RNLI/Andy Lyons

Swanage all-weather lifeboat
The skipper was suffering with seasickness and requested assistance getting him and his boat to a place of safety.

The lifeboat launched and located the yacht 4Nm East of Old Harry Rocks. A crew member was transferred on to the yacht to check the skipper over and to get a towline connected. Once the towline was connected the yacht was taken in tow back to Swanage.

As the crew were preparing to secure the yacht to the mooring a call came in from the UK Coastguard requesting assistance with another incident. The yacht was quickly secured to the RNLI mooring just off the lifeboat station and best speed was made to Old Harry Rocks to two kayaks in difficulties.

ALB Crew: (Coxn) Tom Greasty, Dave Turnbull, Gavin Steeden, Roydon Woodford, Andy Redout, Alan Parmenter
Shore Crew: (Head Launcher) Gary Buglass, Emily Condie

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