ALB Launches, Weymouth

Thu 03 September 20

Yacht Pan Pan


Time Out  2020-09-03 11:29:00

Time In  2020-09-03 11:29:00

Type  Yacht with lost rudder

Position  11 SSW Portland Bill

Coxswain  Andy Sargent

Mechanic  Andy Tattersall


NMOC paged the DLA to discuss the situation involving a 27ft sailing vessel initially 11nm south Portland of Bill where it had lost the rudder. The vessel had issued a Pan Pan broadcast in the late morning. Another sailing vessel of 45ft had responded to the broadcast and was attempting to tow the casualty vessel. However by late afternoon, little progress had been made and tides were against their progress.
The NMOC were requesting whether a launch of the ALB was warranted. It was agreed that Weymouth ALB should launch allowing for the tasking to bring the casualty into Weymouth during daylight, rather than to leave what was inevitable until hours of darkness. The DLA requested that as per protocol, both the casualty and the assisting vessel should be asked to confirm that all persons were COVID free, this was confirmed.
The ALB was launched, proceeded and intercepted the casualty just SSE of Portland Bill 1.9nm. The tow was established and way was made for Weymouth. At Weymouth Harbour entrance, the casualty was brought alongside the lifeboat and taken into the harbour where it was placed on a vacant pontoon and met by the Coastguard unit.
Weymouth Lifeboat returned to station where all equipment was thoroughly cleaned and the vessel refuelled and made ready for service