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UPDATE WITH PIC: Lifeboat rescues stranded yachtsman
9:58am Thursday 31st October 2013 in News
A LONE yachtsman was rescued after injuring himself on his stricken vessel at sea.
The man’s 25ft yacht Damma, pictured, suffered engine failure between St Alban’s Head and Weymouth yesterday evening and contact was lost after the man injured himself on board.
Weymouth all-weather lifeboat was originally launched but it was later backed up by the inshore lifeboat. Damma was eventually found a mile-and-a-half south east of Lulworth Cove.
Portland Coastguard received an emergency call at around 6.30pm.
RNLI spokesman Ken Francis said: “Due to the loss of communications and the strong winds, blowing at force 6 to 7, it was decided to call Weymouth Inshore Lifeboat to assist in transferring lifeboat crews onto the yacht.
“The conditions were a bit rough and there were very strong winds. The man was exhausted."
The yacht was towed to Weymouth Harbour arriving at around 10pm.
The lifeboat was met by the Wyke Coastguard team and an ambulance crew who checked over the yachtsman.
Elsewhere, Portland Coastguard was alerted after a 77-year-old pensioner fell on to rocks inside the breakwater at Poole Yacht Club yesterday lunchtime.
The Poole Lifeboat assisted along with the Poole Coastguard Rescue Team. The casualty was taken to Poole Hospital for further treatment.
Concern was raised yesterday afternoon for a paddleboarder who was out in adverse conditions a long way from the shore at Southbourne.
The paddleboarder then turned and was able to make shore, where he was met by coastguards.
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