ALB was requested by Solent Coastguards to launch to a 26’ wooden yacht with 2 persons on board approximately 12’ SW of Portland Bill who’s rudder had fallen off an issued a ‘Pan Pan’
The ALB launched and proceeded towards the casualty
On route the ALB’s DF was used to obtain a better idea of the vessels position. The crew were also requested to confirm the situation on-board, and if they were happy to accept a tow to safety. The crew confirmed they were willing to accept a tow from the lifeboat
Once located, the Lifeboat crew assess the situation, and with no substantial strong points apparent to attach a tow, it was decided to rig a tandem light weight bridle. The drogue was also made ready to pass, and the casualty’s crew briefed on how and what to expect and do.
The drogue was passed, and once the rigging of the tow complete on the Lifeboat, a heaving line with the tow attached was passed to the casualty.
With the tow attached the tow was commenced back towards Weymouth
After approximately 20 minutes the casualty informed the lifeboat that it was taking on water.
After further questioning the casualty stated the electric and manual bilge pumps were holding the level, but they were unsure as to the point off ingress.
The Lifeboat crew made ready the Y Boat and portable pump.
The speed of the tow was reduced, and the casualty confirmed the ingress of water had stopped.
The tow continued without further incident to Weymouth.
At the entrance to the harbour, the casualty was brought alongside the Lifeboat, and towed up the harbour to the waiting pontoon, where Wyke IRT and Harbour staff were awaiting
With the casualty safely moored the Lifeboat was released to return to station, refuelled and made ready for service