Latest launch information:22nd June 2019
An electrical fire on board a 23m motor yacht, with 4 persons on board, about 1.5nm north-east of Old Harry resulted in both Poole lifeboats and Swanage lifeboat launching to their aid.
The Poole lifeboats arrived at the scene first and helped isolate the vessel’s electrical system and shut down its engines. The boat was anchored when Swanage lifeboat arrived, and preparations were begun to tow the boat to Poole.
Unfortunately, one of the persons on board became unwell and was evacuated on board Swanage lifeboat to the ferry steps to be taken by ambulance to hospital.
Meanwhile, the casualty vessel was monitored by Poole lifeboat until the larger Shannon class Swanage lifeboat could return to take it in tow.
The vessel, considerably larger and heavier than the lifeboat, was towed up to Poole Ballast Quay where it was inspected by fire and rescue personnel. When they were happy that all was safe the lifeboats were released to return to their stations. Swanage lifeboat was refuelled and ready for further service just before midnight.
- Sea state:Slight
- Launch time:18:06
- Recovery time:23:38
- Casualty:Motor boat
- Location:1.5nm NE Old Harry
(Coxn) Robert Aggas
ALB Shore Crew:
(Winch) Paul Bedford
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