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Weymouth RNLI inshore lifeboat aids broken down vessel

Lifeboats News Release

Weymouth RNLI inshore lifeboat was launched at 9.10pm on Saturday 9th July to go to the assistance of a 17' angling boat.

The 17' angling boat alongside the ILB in Weymouth Harbour

RNLI Weymouth

Angling boat alongside ILB

The broken down angling boat with one person on board was close to Portland Bill when the volunteer lifeboat crew located it. A tow line was passed and the vessel was taken to the town slipway at Commercial Road arriving at 11pm where Bill Mobile Coastguard was in attendance to offer safety advice.

Andy Sargent, RNLI Coxswain at Weymouth, said, 'The boat owner used a mobile phone to call the coastguard to let them know that he needed assistance. The RNLI would always advise anyone going to sea to wear a lifejacket and to have a means of calling the coastguard if anything goes wrong.'

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