A sailor who was suffering from fatigue was rescued by Weymouth Lifeboat. 

The lifeboat was launched at 5.45pm to rescue a 31’ catamaran which had called for assistance off Portland.

A spokesman for Weymouth Lifeboat said: “The yacht with one person on board, had been on passage from Falmouth to Ipswich when the fatigued skipper became concerned that the small engine of his vessel would not be able to cope with the strong currents around the Portland race, so called for help using a mobile phone.

“Once on scene the lifeboat crew established a tow and brought the catamaran back to Weymouth Harbour arriving at 8.35pm and tied her up at the Pavilion end of the cargo stage.

“They were met by the Wyke Coastguard CRT who helped to tie her up and offered safety advice.”

Wyke Coastguard Rescue Team said they was called at 7.44pm to meet the all-weather lifeboat in Weymouth Harbour.

They were told that a lone sailor had been suffering from fatigue.

A spokesman for the team said: “They had towed a catamaran with a lone sailor suffering from fatigue.

“We assisted tying the 10m vessel alongside before carrying out some welfare checks and gave some safety advice.”