A busy Saturday for the volunteers at Poole Lifeboat Station
Poole Inshore lifeboat was on exercise Saturday morning (May 7) they had been out in Poole Bay and were heading back to station just before midday, they heard communications over the radio that a vessel had gone aground on Stone Island.
A 32ft Yacht with 7 people onboard were heading out of Poole Harbour when they found the edge of the notorious sandbank and had gone aground, coming to rest as the tide was ebbing away, the crew headed back , responding to the vessel, their training exercise became very real.
The predicament was if the vessel had been left it would have gone on its side and would have been precariously sat on the island high and dry till about 9pm.
As time was at the essence, with the tide flowing away , the crew decided to attempt two tows, the first to turn the vessel so that it would lean the right way and the second to nudge it so that it may re-float, fortunately for the stricken vessel the two tows were successful. The vessel was checked for any ingress. It seemed that all was well, and the crew were happy for it to continue on its way.
Later in the afternoon the inshore lifeboat was tasked again to another vessel with a fouled prop, off Durley Chine, when they arrived on scene, the motorboat with one person onboard had managed to free the prop and was happy to continue on its way the lifeboat returned back to station and was ready for service by 15:30pm.
As the fair weather set for and another bank holiday on the horizon, Poole lifeboat volunteer helmsman Gavin McGuinness would like to remind sea goers to have fun but be safe,
‘Please check your equipment and have up to date charts on board, please always wear a life jacket and let someone know where you are going and what your plans are. It's also important to check the tides and keep an eye on the weather, take a VHF radio and don’t rely on a mobile’.
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