Poole Lifeboat launched for yacht in trouble

Poole Lifeboat was launched by the UK Coastguard at 4.40pm (Friday April 1) at a report from a 30ft yacht with three people on board. The yacht had experienced engine failure and was near the training bank, two of the three people on board felt ill.

The lifeboat quickly arrived on the scene, two crew members were transferred, they checked that people were okay and assessed the situation. The lifeboat crew determined that in order to remove the yacht from the main channel and bring the injured to safety, the lifeboat would have to take the distressed yacht in tow.
Conditions were cool with a force 5 northeast wind.
The lifeboat took the yacht to a mooring off Poole Yacht Club where the lifeboat and casualties were met by the launch of the clubs once secured to a mooring and all safe and the lifeboat returned to the station.

After refueling and washing, the lifeboat was ready for service at 7 p.m., with back-to-back screams, two busy days for the volunteer crew.

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