ALB Launches, Weymouth

Wed 04 July 18

ABL assists yacht disorianted in fog


Time Out  2018-07-04 20:00:00

Time In  2018-07-04 22:40:00

Type  Yacht lost in fog

Position  3' South Portland Bill

Coxswain  Andy Sargent

Mechanic  Phil Hansford


ALB was requested to launched to assist a 14 metre yacht, with 4 persons on board dis ordinated, in fog 3’ South of Portland Bill.
The ALB had just returned from a previous service.
ALB launched, and due to the very poor visibility, (< 100 metres) speed was reduced to 10 knots.
Several small vessels were encountered during the passage to the casualty,
Once on scene, the situation was assessed, and the decision made (with the casualty skippers consent) to tow the vessel back to Weymouth.
A tow was passed to the casualty and tow commenced.
The visibility was very poor during the whole passage back to Weymouth, but cleared at the harbour entrance.
At the entrance, the tow was dropped, and the casualty followed the Lifeboat into the harbour where a safe berth was found.
With the casualty safely moored, the Lifeboat was released to return to station, refuelled and made ready for service