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Lifeboat exercises interrupted when yacht ran aground

Lifeboats News Release

When members of the public became concerned about a small yacht running aground by the Stone Quay in fresh north-easterly winds, the Swanage lifeboats interrupted their routine exercises to help.

Swanage lifeboats

Nicholas Leach

Swanage lifeboats
The D-class inshore lifeboat connected a tow to the 23' yacht and towed it off the rocks and into deeper water.
As the conditions in the bay were not forecast to get any calmer for some time, the solo sailor was advised to motor round to the shelter of Poole Harbour. Unsure of the route and fatigued after a long day at sea, the solo sailor was happy to have two volunteer lifeboat crew on board to help with the passage and the Shannon class lifeboat escorted the vessel up to Poole Quay.

The lifeboat left Poole Quay shortly after the yacht was safely secured for the night and headed back home, reaching the boathouse at 11.00pm

ALB Crew: (Coxn) Gavin Steeden, Roydon Woodford, Laura Orchard, Alan Parmenter, Fergus Holley, Ant Hole, Neil Brooks
ILB Crew: (Helm) Matthew Steeden, Richard Lloyd, Sam Aggas, Felix Williams
Shore Crew: (Winchman) Gary Buglass, Ben Bamber, Emily Condie, Jamie Trumper, Nigel Bower, Julian Vass

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