COASTGUARD REPORT: Swimmers in difficulty, a ‘submerged boat’ and a boat caught in a current.

COASTGUARD REPORT:  Swimmers in difficulty, a ‘submerged boat’ and a boat caught in a current.

COASTGUARD REPORT: Swimmers in difficulty, a ‘submerged boat’ and a boat caught in a current.

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Coastguards helped to rescue swimmers in difficulty, a ‘submerged boat’ and a boat caught in a current.

Portland Coastguard received a report on Monday afternoon of a white object, possibly a semi submerged boat, around a mile offshore from Chesil Cove.

Portland Bill Coastguards investigated but turned out to be a motor cruiser at anchor and no further assistance was required.

Portland Coastguards sent Mudeford lifeboat to help three young men who were drifting out to sea in a boat after becoming caught in a current.

The three eventually made the shore aided by other members of the public and were greeted by lifeboat and coastguard officers, who offered some safety advice.

Just after 7.30pm the racing yacht, Monster Project, called Portland Coastguard and reported having a crew member who needed to get ashore urgently due to a family bereavement in Ireland. The boat was becalmed due to no wind.

Weymouth Sailing Club heard of the situation and their safety boat kindly collected the man and brought him to Weymouth Harbour.

Portland Coastguard then assisted to organise onward travel home.

Just after 9pm Portland Coastguards sent Swanage lifeboat to assist a 16-year-old swimmer who was in difficulty close to the lifeboat station, and safely brought him ashore.

At 9.57pm Portland coastguard was alerted to two people possibly in difficulties in the sea off Fishermans Walk Southbourne.

But when coastguards went to investigate they found nothing untoward.

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