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COASTGUARD ROUNDUP: Coastguards help a yacht and a windsurfer in trouble
9:33am Sunday 29th September 2013 in News
COASTGUARD ROUNDUP: Portland coastguard helped a boat with a fouled propeller and a windsurfer in trouble on Saturday.
Early in the morning Portland coastguard sent Swanage coastguard rescue officers to investigate a report of significant debris near the lifeboat station at Swanage.
On scene, officers soon discovered that the vessel placed on the lifeboat's mooring had suffered the effects of the weather and had broken up and subsequently sunk causing debris in the area.
Coastguard officers recovered as much as possible and the owner of the boat was notified.
In the afternoon the coastguards were called by a sailor onboard the 23ft yacht - Reginald.
The yacht had got its propeller fouled while in Swanage Bay and could not go anywhere.
Swanage inshore lifeboat was launched and after freeing the propeller, towed the yacht to Poole Harbour entrance, where Poole inshore lifeboat took over the tow and brought the vessel to a safe mooring at Poole Town Quay Marina.
At 2.30pm a member of the public called 999 to report a female windsurfer in trouble in Poole Harbour.
The Poole Inshore lifeboat was launched and Poole coastguard rescue officers sent to the area to assist.
The woman was rescued by the lifeboat and taken to the lifeboat station where she was met by coastguard officers and an ambulance.
Just after 4.30pm Portland coastguard received a call from a concerned member of the public at Sidmouth.
The caller reported sighting something in the water which resembled a surfer apparently in difficulties.
The coastguards sent Sidmouth coastguard rescue officers to investigate, but after extensive investigations were made they were stood down as nothing untoward was sighted or located.
The call was put down to a false alarm with good intent.
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