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Yacht with engine trouble requires assistance after being becalmed

Lifeboats News Release

Swanage lifeboat was asked to locate and assist a small yacht after it put out a 'Pan Pan' urgency VHF message to Solent Coastguard reporting that it had engine trouble.

Swanage all-weather lifeboat

RNLI/Andy Lyons

Swanage all-weather lifeboat
The yacht was unable to make any headway in very light winds and a building tide. No other boats were in the area and able to help, so the UK Coastguard requested the launch of Swanage's Shannon class lifeboat.

Just 12 minutes after launching, the yacht had been found using RADAR and VHF direction finding equipment. One of the lifeboat's crew was placed aboard to help set up a tow and 10 minutes later the 26' yacht was making steady progress towards Poole Harbour on a 100m tow behind the lifeboat.

The yacht and crew were based in Poole and had a mooring not far from Salterns marina, so at the start of the north channel the astern tow was evolved into an alongside tow and the two vessels made their final approach to the mooring.

When the yacht had been secured to its mooring the lifeboat volunteer returned to the lifeboat and departed the scene. Good progress was made on a lovely warm, sunny evening and the lifeboat was back on its slipway and washed down at about 8.00pm.

ALB Crew: (Coxn) Gavin Steeden, Dave Turnbull, Steve Williams, Darren Tomes, Ben Jarvis, Nigel Bower
Shore Crew: (Head Launcher) Gary Buglass, (Winchman) Luke Kill, Emily Condie, Jamie Trumper, Martha Tavinor

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