Poole inshore lifeboat launched Friday evening (22 Sept) to reports of a grounded vessel at the entrance to the River Frome.
The 6m open top motorboat with three people onboard had run aground while leaving the River Frome.
The occupants had attempted to push the vessel clear but had now got very muddy and cold. With concerns for Welfare HM Coastguard requested the inshore lifeboat launch.
Arriving on scene by 10pm, the vessel was located. Due to the depth of the water, the lifeboat was sculled in to the casualty vessel using oars.
The three occupants were well but cold and would have to wait some time for the water to rise so a decision was made to evacuate them.
An anchor was laid on the vessel and the three people taken onboard.
The lifeboat was then sculled back out to deeper water, engine restarted and the three people taken to Moriconium Quay.
After a full wash down from the mud and refuelling the lifeboat was ready for service by midnight.
This was launch 133 for Poole volunteers this year.
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