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Weymouth all-weather lifeboat launch to sinking powerboat

Lifeboats News Release

Whilst on exercise, doing rough weather training this morning (September 4), Weymouth ALB was tasked to assist a powerboat which was part of the Torquay/Cowes power boat race, taking on water SW of Portland Bill.

The ALB proceeded at full speed to the casualty vessel, and was on scene in less than 10 minutes. On arrival, the crew of the race boat, who had ended up in the water, had been taken aboard another vessel who was in the area at the time.

After establishing that the casualties were safely aboard the other vessel, the ALB then proceeded to the power boat which was now bow up in the water after being swamped.

The crew of the ALB then made repeated attempts to help salvage the power boat, by attempting to attach a tow line to her bow, and pull her upright in attempt to drain and re float her.

The crew managed to hook the line attached to the power boats bow on several occasions and attach a tow line from the ALB, but each time the line from the power boat parted as they started to tow her.

After several attempts, it was deemed to dangerous to try any other means of taking the boat under tow, and the ALB was stood down by Solent Coastguard and returned to station.

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