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Lifeboat launches to yacht struggling in the tide

Lifeguards News Release

Swanage’s all-weather Shannon class lifeboat was tasked to assist a 24 foot yacht with one person onboard who was in difficulties at Peveril Point due to the strong tidal race.

The yacht’s engine had failed in Peveril race and the skipper had deployed the yacht’s anchor to stop him drifting back down tide towards the rocks at Durlston Head. With the strong ebb tide and the lack of wind the skipper of the stricken vessel was unable to sail in to the tide to recover his anchor so was stuck fast.

The lifeboat launched and quickly located the yacht placing a crew member aboard to assist the skipper. A tow line was connected and the yacht gently towed in to the tide so that the anchor could be recovered.

Once the anchor was recovered the yacht was towed to the RNLI mooring in Swanage Bay and the skipper taken ashore aboard the lifeboat so he could make arrangements to have the boat repaired.

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