COASTGUARD ROUNDUP: Coastguards investigate 'unmanned' yacht and kitesurfer 'in trouble'

Dorset Echo: COASTGUARD ROUNDUP: Coastguards investigate unmanned yacht and kitesurfer in trouble COASTGUARD ROUNDUP: Coastguards investigate unmanned yacht and kitesurfer in trouble

COASTGUARDS were called to suspected incidents yesterday which included a report of an unmanned yacht, a kitesurfer in trouble, pollution from boats and a suspected item of ordnance.

Portland Coastguard received a report yesterday afternoon of a drifting yacht in the Needles Channel with nobody aboard, but people were then sighted raising sail, which resolved the situation before the end of the call.

Solent Coastguard were informed.

That evening a concerned member of the public reported a kitesurfer apparently in difficulty in Portland Harbour.

After a broadcast on Channel 16 the yacht Wildfire, which was returning to her mooring in the harbour, confirmed the sailor had made it ashore unaided.

The Coastguard also investigated a report from a member of the public earlier that morning of what they believed to be pollution coming from two commercial vessels anchored in Weymouth Bay.

The Coastguard Helicopter flew over the area while on a training exercise, and Coastguard Rescue Officers from Wyke who were on another tasking conducted a search, but nothing untoward was sighted and no further action was taken.

And a member of the public approached West Bay Coastguards who were training on the beach at West Bay last night.

The individual reported a suspected item of ordnance he had found.

The object was photographed and was relayed to the Joint Service Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team.

On examination, it was determined that the object was not ordnance and it was disposed of.

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