Mudeford RNLI rescues stranded cruiser

Lifeboats News Release

At 9.43pm on Thursday 15 June, the Mudeford RNLI volunteer crew responded to a request to assist a motor cruiser with a fouled anchor near Hengistbury Head.

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Mudeford Servant at sea

The casualties made contact with the Coastguard to say that they were struggling to raise their anchor. With darkness approaching, the Coastguard tasked the Mudeford RNLI to help.

The lifeboat Mudeford Servant launched at 9.55 pm and arrived on scene at 9.59pm. Talking to the casualties, the lifeboat established that the electric windlass for the anchor had tripped out as the casualties tried to recover the fouled anchor.

The lifeboat lassoed a rope around the anchor chain to chase it out. After several attempts the lifeboat successfully released the anchor from the seabed. During this time the casualties managed to reset the windlass and then recover the freed anchor. The motor cruiser then continued on to Christchurch Quay. The lifeboat returned to station at 10.09pm.

Volunteer Helm, Andy Read said, “This was a successful outcome to what was a potentially hazardous situation. On the water, with the light fading, situations can very quickly deteriorate. Always raise the alarm early to avoid putting yourself at further risk of harm.”

This was the 36th launch for the Mudeford Lifeboat this year.

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