The Poole lifeboat service has helped to rescued four people on board a stricken 42-foot yacht which lost power to its engine and had steering failure. The rescue happened just 4 miles west of the Needles off the Isle of Wight. The boat had been sailing from Gosport to Plymouth.
RNLI crews were called in by the Portland Coastguard at about 8am on Saturday 11th May. The conditions were moderate to rough with winds south westerly 5 - 6.
The Poole inshore and all-weather lifeboats were both called to the scene.
Volunteers were transferred to the yacht to trying to recover the anchor and rig up emergency steering. However they were unable to restore power, and because of the rough conditions the Yarmouth coastguard was also called on to come out and tow the yacht to Yarmouth.
– Volunteer deputy Coxswain Glen Mallen
'Conditions out there were definitely challenging, mindful of the individuals on-board and the worsening conditions, we decided to cut the anchor and get immediately under tow, back to safety'.
Coastguards in Dorset are warning the public to stay away from cliff edges. The service has been dealing with a number of mudslides and landslides in the wake of the recent heavy rain in the county. Coastguards are asking people to observe warnings and any closures at cliff edges for their safety.
"With the poor weather continuing, we’re dealing with a number of landslips and mudslides along the Devon and Dorset coastline,”
"In Swanage, local coastguards are keeping a watch on areas near the beach and beach huts as sections of cliff continue to move, and on Portland a section of coast path on the west of the Island is particularly vulnerable.
"Further west, sections of beach and cliff near Charmouth have suffered from cliff falls and mudslides.
– Simon Dennis, Portland Coastguard
"In Lyme Regis, coastguards and Dorset Police are dealing with an area to the west of the town, with very significant movement, including buildings overhanging the cliff edge.
"The current weather means water is draining from land very rapidly, causing a layer to form in cracks on cliffs. Large sections of our coast are now very vulnerable to movement, and even in dryer weather, any sharp frost would bring expansion behind sections of cliff causing further falls. Areas of mudslide are prone to drying out and forming a crust. These may look solid, they will not support a person’s weight.”