Buoy trouble means early start for Swanage Lifeboat crew

Swanage RNLI volunteers were woken by their pagers at 4 am this morning to help a 12 metre yacht that had got into difficulty in the English Channel just south of Swanage.

The prop and rudder of the yacht had got entangled in a buoy and line, making it unable to steer or indeed, make any progress at all.

Buoy line was clearly visible

The Swanage all-weather lifeboat launched on Thursday 10th September 2020 at 4.19 am and made its way to the scene of the incident, where on arrival the buoy line was clearly visible, trailing behind the yacht.

After a chat with the two people on board, a lifeboat crew member was transferred across to the yacht to attach a rope to the yacht, which enabled the lifeboat to tow it back to Swanage.

“The two crew were taken ashore”

Swanage Lifeboat Station reported:

“Once safely back in Swanage Bay, the yacht was secured to the RNLI mooring and the two crew were taken ashore, so they could find some breakfast. The lifeboat was then rehoused, washed down and made ready for service.”

By this time, it was nearly 9 am, allowing the volunteer lifeboat crew to get on with the rest of their day.

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