Latest launch information:12th June 2018
Yesterday evening a 10m yacht struck the training bank just outside of Poole Harbour entrance and was left high and dry on the rocks overnight while the skipper waited for the next high water.
The yacht, ‘Sanuk’, re-floated this morning and made her way to Studland Bay, where the skipper discovered she was making water. The yacht’s manual bilge pump could just about keep up with the ingress, but with only the skipper on board further help was going to be needed to get the boat back to Poole, so the Swanage Lifeboat was requested. The crew launched and were on scene just 10 minutes later. Two crew were placed onboard along with the lifeboat’s salvage pump and the casualty headed under her own power towards Poole, escorted by the lifeboat. The salvage pump was used to empty the bilges a few times on the passage to Poole, but the ingress wasn’t swift enough to keep the pump running. Poole ILB was called to take over the casualty and met up at 1100hrs close to ‘Aunt Betty’ cardinal mark. Crew and pumps were swapped, allowing the Swanage lifeboat to return to station where it was refuelled at 1141hrs
- Sea state:Smooth
- Launch time:09:34
- Recovery time:11:41
- Location:Studland Bay
(Coxn) Gavin Steeden
ALB Shore Crew:
(Winch) Paul Bedford
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