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6 hour rescue to recover yacht from the English channel

Lifeboats News Release

Swanage's all weather lifeboat was tasked to assist a 10m yacht in difficulties 19nm South of Durlston Head

Crew member preparing to go aboard the casualty yacht from Swanage all-weather lifeboat

RNLI/Matt Steeden

Crew member preparing to go aboard the casualty yacht from Swanage all-weather lifeboat
The yacht's engine had failed and with very light winds the yacht was drifting in a busy shipping area.

The lifeboat launched and made best speed to the yacht's last known position.

Once on scene a crew member was transferred across to the yacht to assess the situation on board.

The towline was passed across, made secure and a slow tow was commenced towards Weymouth.

Once the casualty was a few miles off Weymouth the tow was handed over to Weymouth inshore lifeboat who took them the rest of the way in to Weymouth Harbour. The Swanage volunteers were then released to return to station as the storm broke, finally arriving back on their slipway a little more than 6 hours after launching.

ALB Crew: (Coxn) Gavin Steeden, Matthew Steeden, Roydon Woodford, Phil Palmer, Ben Jarvis, Fergus Holley
Shore Crew: (Head Launcher) Andy Redout, Nigel Bower, Jamie Trumper, Paul Meacham

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