TWO people who were hanging on to a harbour wall were rescued after their boat's engine had overheated.

Weymouth Lifeboat was called to reports of a small boat that had broken down in the entrance of Weymouth Harbour at 11am on Sunday morning.

Two people were onboard and were clinging on to the harbour wall to stop the boat from drifting out to sea.

RNLI volunteers towed the broken down boat to the pontoon next to the town bridge.

A spokesman for Weymouth Lifeboat said: "Weymouth RNLI inshore lifeboat was returning from a scheduled training exercise on Sunday, October 10 at about 11am when they came across a small dayboat which had broken down at the harbour entrance.

"The vessel with two persons onboard had suffered an overheated engine on their way out of the harbour and the crew had managed to get to the harbour wall and hang on.

"The volunteer lifeboat crew took the broken-down vessel alongside and towed them to the waiting pontoon next to the town bridge."