Poole lifeboat was requested to launch by UK coastguard at 3:50pm today (Thursday May 31) to a report of a yacht in need of assistance as it had encountered engine failure.
As the lifeboat launched the harbour was eerily shrouded in a fog, visibility was down to 20 metres in some areas and harbour control had implemented ‘fog routine’ this is a warning , where vessels are required to proceed with caution and at a slow speeds, use fog horns , navigating with all due care and attention.
The lifeboat made its way through the harbour, using the chart plotter and radar to negotiate the shipping through the main channel.
They found the vessel 300 metres off Flag head Chine, this is in between Bournemouth and Poole, the 28ft vessel with one person on-board was okay but unable to continue on its passage, the yacht had lost its engine and there was no wind.
The lifeboat attached a towline and proceeded cautiously back through the harbour, the fog cleared a little as they made their way back passed Brownsea Castle taking the vessel to safe haven at Poole Quay Boat Haven.
The lifeboat was back at station and ready for service after refuelling by 7pm
Volunteer Helm Dave Riley said;
‘It was good work by the crew they navigated the harbour concentrating hard using the plotter and radar ,senses heightened by the blanket of fog that disguised the familiar route’