ALB launched to a distress call from a 50’ fishing vessel with 2 persons on board & taking water 12’ WNW of Portland Bill
Coastguard rescue helicopter & Lyme Regis ILB also tasked, along with several other fishing vessels that were nearby.
Once the helicopter arrived on scene, it was found another fishing vessel was close by and the situation seemed to of stabilised.
It was decided the helicopter would monitor the situation and await the arrival of the Lifeboat, which was only 10 minutes away.
Lyme Regis ILB arrived on scene, and confirmed both crew were safe & well, and that the water ingress had been stemmed, with the level decreased.
With this new information the rescue helicopter was released to return, as the ALB arrived on scene.
The vessel could not use her engines due the level the water had reached before it had been pumped out, so a tow was connected and the vessel towed back towards Weymouth.
Lyme Regis ILB was requested to transfer a portable VHF to the casualty from the ALB.
With communications established, & the tow underway, Lyme Regis ILB was released to return to station.
Upon approaching Portland the tow was checked both end before rounding the Bill
Once at the harbour entrance the stern tow was slipped, and an alongside tow rigged and commenced up the harbour to a vacant berth.
Once safely alongside the ALB was released to return to station, refuelled and made ready for service