Poole lifeboats assist 30ft grounded yacht

Lifeboats News Release

Poole lifeboat volunteers were tasked by UK Coastguard at 23.30 (Tuesday May 29) to assist a 30ft Ketch that had gone aground at Goathorn.

Goathorn is a quiet area inside Poole Harbour at the back of the islands.

The Ketch with two people on-board had swung on its anchor and gone aground, the lifeboat crew arrived on scene and checked that all was okay , it was decided with the owners that they would wait for the next high tide which would be this morning ( Wednesday May 30) at around 10am.

The Lifeboat crew advised the Coastguard of their intentions as they would monitor the yacht overnight.

The lifeboat re-launched this morning at 08.30am to check that the Ketch was okay and to give it a nudge off the mud.

The vessel was re-floated and happily back on course to return to its mooring. The lifeboat returned back to station and re-fuelled and was ready for service at 10am.


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