ALB Launches, Weymouth

Wed 07 October 20

ALB launched to a mayday with a vessel taking water


Time Out  2020-10-07 09:00:00

Time In  2020-10-07 12:00:00

Type  Taking water

Position  4' East Weymouth

Coxswain  Andy Sargent

Mechanic  Andy Tattersall


NMOC direct paged for launch of the ALB to a Range Safety Craft that had issued a Mayday and taking water 4’ East of Weymouth
The ALB launched and proceeded towards the vessel.
A nearby warship, HMS Magpie, another RSC and MOD vessel also responded.
HMS Magpie closed the vessel first, rafted alongside and transferred an electric pump which help to stem the ingress of water.
Once on scene, and with the RSC masters permission, 2 crew and portable pump were transferred from the lifeboat to the casualty vessel.
The pump was started, and the situation stabilised.
Once everyone was happy with the situation, and with the C.G’s and casualties masters permission, HMS Magpie was released and the Mayday cancelled.
The ALB then set up a stern tow, and the casualty was taken to Portland marina.
At the entrance to the marina the RSC was taken alongside the lifeboat and towed to the haul out berth.
Once alongside the pump and crewmembers were recovered from the RSC, and the vessel was taken into a travel hoist for hauling out of the water.
The Lifeboat was released to return to station where it was refuelled and cleaned to CVID 19 requirements before being put back on service.
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