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Sea And Cliff Rescues On Dorset Coast


7:46am 27th June 2013

RNLI Volunteers from Weymouth have been called out to two seperate incidents south of Portland Bill.

Meanwhile Cliff rescue volunteers were also in action yesterday

Both of Weymouth's RNLI lifeboats were launched on the afternoon of Wed 26th June to two separate incidents to the South of Portland Bill.

The allweather lifeboat was tasked by Portland Coastguard to a report of a 36 foot yacht with 3 persons on board taking on water approx 14 miles South West of Portland Bill. The volunteer crew were called to duty at 12.42pm.

On arrival at the yacht 'Speedbird', two lifeboat crew members and a salvage pump were transferred across to the yacht, which had been taking on water due to a fault in the exhaust system. This meant that the running engine was filling the vessel up with water. The two lifeboat crew used the salvage pump to empty her of water, she was then taken under tow back to Weymouth arriving back at approx 4.30pm.

Meanwhile the inshore lifeboat was launched at 2.51pm to a 20 foot Bayliner motor vessel with 5 persons on board which had run out of fuel and was quickly being swept to the West with the tide.

When the inshore lifeboat arrived on scene she had drifted to approx 2 miles South West of Portland Bill. She was taken under tow to the Sailing Academy in Portland Harbour where she was met by the Portland Bill Coastguard team who offered safety advice to the crew. The inshore lifeboat returned to Weymouth at 4.30pm., approx the same time as the allweather lifeboat.

Swanage Coastguard Full Cliff Rescue Team were paged and tasked by Portland Coastguard after the operations room received a 999 call from a member of the public reporting that his friend, a CLIMBER, was stuck on the cliff face near the Tilly Whim Caves just east of Anvil Point Lighthouse on the Purbeck coast.  

Quickly on-scene, the team swiftly deployed their specialist rescue gear and brought the climber to safety at the top of the cliff.  Apart from some minor cuts and scratches, the man did not require any further medical assistance and the team then returned to base.

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