Poole Lifeboat recognise stricken vessel as belonging to one of their RNLI volunteers

Poole Lifeboat recognise stricken vessel as belonging to one of their RNLI volunteers

Caption: RNLI to the rescue after boat goes aground.

Poole | Posted: Monday, July 9th, 2018 at 2:35 pm | return to news

Poole Lifeboat recognise stricken vessel as belonging to one of their RNLI volunteers

When the Poole Lifeboat launched just before 4.30pm on 9 July to assist a 28 foot boat that had gearbox failure, the crew recognised the vessel because its owner is the station’s volunteer lifeboat operations manager.

Poole Lifeboat recognise stricken vessel as belonging to one of their RNLI volunteers

Caption: RNLI to the rescue after boat goes aground.

The boat had encountered a problem with its gearbox at the entrance of Poole Harbour and the slight south-westerly breeze had nudged the boat with its five crew members on to sand on the east side, north of the chain ferry.

When the lifeboat volunteers arrived they found the boat firmly aground. A crewman was transferred across to check all was okay and a towline was attached. An attempt was made to pull the vessel free but it wouldn’t move. A decision was made to transfer the crew ashore at nearby North Haven steps to lighten the load then the lifeboat tried again to re-float the vessel. It was successfully released and once afloat, the lifeboat towed it to its berth at Cobbs Quay.

In the meantime the owner, Paul Glatzel, had dispatched another vessel to pick up the stranded group of five from the North Haven steps.

He said, “As volunteer lifeboat operations manager at Poole Lifeboat Station and as someone who runs an RYA Training Centre, whilst I’d certainly prefer that one of my boats doesn’t need assistance from a lifeboat, the reality is that if you spend many hours afloat sometimes things don’t go quite as planned.

“On one of our boats it seems that the engine stuck firmly in forward gear and going into reverse increased forward revs leading to the vessel grounding alongside a jetty. The highly experienced instructor on board dealt with the issue really well and after ensuring everyone was okay sought assistance from Solent Coastguard immediately advising them that he would need the assistance of Poole’s Atlantic class lifeboat to get off the sandbank.

“To experience both the highly professional crew on the Atlantic and at the station assisting one of my boats was great to see even if it’s something I’d prefer doesn’t happen again!

“If you get into trouble afloat then make sure you contact the coastguard at the earliest opportunity as they can then ensure you are allocated the right resources quickly in case the situation deteriorates – which these things can do. Make sure you have safety kit such as lifejackets and means of summoning assistance on-board and give thought to what you will do if you need to seek assistance. For the four candidates on a RYA Dayskipper Practical course it was a course never to forget and they were really grateful for the very professional assistance of the RNLI and coastguard.”

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