Latest launch information:26th June 2021
Swanage’s all weather lifeboat ‘George Thomas Lacy’ was requested to launch on Saturday afternoon. A 28’ Angling boat had called the UK Coastguard requesting assistance after they got their anchor rope caught around their propellor. They were about 3Nm SSW of St Albans Head and now anchored to the sea bed with the stern of the boat pointing in to the ebbing tide. The force of the tide rushing past the boat was causing water to come on to the deck of the boat and with the speed of the tide increasing for the next few hours their position was getting increasingly dangerous. The lifeboat launched and was soon alongside the stricken vessel. Their situation had changed slightly as the anchor had tripped and they were now drifting West with the tide towards the tidal race at St Albans Head. Before the boat could be taken in tow the anchor rope either needed to be cut or pulled up so it didn’t get snagged on the way back to Poole. A crew member was put aboard the boat and with the help of the skipper they were able to pull the anchor rope to the surface and cut it. With the boat now drifting freely the lifeboat’s tow rope was passed across and the slow tow home commenced. Due to the strong NE winds forecast overnight it was decided to take the boat in to Poole Harbour. After about 2.5 hours of towing the two boats past Old Harry Rocks and suddenly the remaining anchor rope came free from the angling boat’s propellor. The skipper radioed the lifeboat to tell them and they agreed to drop the towline and check to see if the boat could now make its own way unaided. The lifeboat escorted the boat for a few minutes and once the skipper was happy the crew member was recovered and the Swanage volunteers returned to station finally arriving back on the slipway at 18:10.
- Sea state:Slight
- Launch time:14:35
- Recovery time:18:10
- Casualty:Motor boat
- Location:3Nm SSW St Albans Head
(Coxn) Dave Turnbull
ALB Shore Crew:
(Winch) Gary Buglass
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