Latest launch information:14th April 2021
The Sandbanks chain ferry suffered mechanical failure whilst in transit. In an effort to evacuate foot passengers, a local dive boat had come alongside the ferry on the Poole Harbour side, but then found itself stuck fast in 3 knots of ebb tide. This precarious and potentially dangerous situation caused the UK coastguard to call both Poole and Swanage lifeboats, along with Police and Harbourmaster craft. Poole lifeboat arrived on scene first and placed a crewmember on board to check on the crew and ensure their safety. When the Swanage lifeboat arrived on scene there was still considerable time before local low tide, so it was decided to tow the dive boat to safety. The lifeboat was positioned carefully and a towline passed to the Poole lifeboat crew on board. When the tow was attached the vessel was slowly towed up-tide and was quickly able to drop the tow and continue under its own power. With the situation now resolved the lifeboat returned to Swanage and was waiting to re-house when a further call for the volunteer crews’ services was received.
- Sea state:Smooth
- Launch time:17:05
- Recovery time:18:22
- Casualty:Commercial Vessel
- Location:Sandbanks Ferry
(Coxn) Gavin Steeden
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