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Lifeboat launches to assist motor vessel with engine difficulties

Lifeboats News Release

The Swanage all-weather lifeboat launched to the aid of a small motorboat with 2 crew on board when conditions prevented them from re-fuelling.

Swanage Shannon class lifeboat

RNLI/Andy Lyons

Swanage Shannon class lifeboat
Breezy conditions and a choppy sea meant that the boat was rolling considerably and it proved impossible to get fuel from their spare container into the fuel tank. The crew contacted the UK Coastguard, who in turn called for the help of the Swanage Shannon class lifeboat.
The Swanage National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) were able to give the lifeboat an accurate bearing to the casualty boat, and the lifeboat was on scene just 8 minutes after launching. A crew was transferred to help set up a tow and the two boats made their way into Poole Harbour.
In the shelter of the harbour re-fuelling was possible and the boat was quickly re-started. After a short escort towards Poole Quay the lifeboat volunteer was recovered to the lifeboat and the motor boat left to continue its passage.
The lifeboat returned to Swanage and was re-housed at 3.00pm

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