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Both Swanage lifeboats launch to a yacht on the rocks near Chapmans Pool

Lifeboats News Release

The 36' yacht had run aground coming out of Chapman's Pool and requested assistance to get in to deeper water before the tide fell even more.

Swanage lifeboat crew

RNLI/Roydon Woodford

Swanage lifeboat crew
Both lifeboats launched and made best speed to Chapman's Pool. They arrived 20 minutes later and found the yacht aground and heeled over by 40 degrees. The shallow draft of the inshore lifeboat allowed it to get alongside the casualty vessel to check that everyone was OK on board. Once this was done the yacht was gently pulled over by its mast using one of its halyards which was attached to the ILB tow rope. Pulling the yacht over further lifts the keel off the rocks and allows the yacht to float free and be pulled in to deeper water.

With the yacht now in deeper water the tow was released. The skipper of the casualty vessel checked below decks and as there were no signs of water ingress was content to continue on their passage so both lifeboats were free to depart the scene and return to Swanage.

ALB Crew: (Coxn) Gavin Steeden, Robert Aggas, Anthony Corben, Roydon Woodford, Duncan Youngs, Emily Condie
ILB Crew: (Helm) Becky Mack, Sam Aggas, Alan Parmenter
Shore Crew: (Head Launcher) Gary Buglass, Luke Kill, Jamie Trumper, Julian Vass

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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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