RNLI - Royal National Lifeboat Institution

04/09/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 04/09/2019 10:19

Weymouth RNLI Lifeboat called to drifting vessel

Weymouth RNLI all-weather lifeboat was launched at 8.15am on Tuesday 9th April 2019 at the request of Solent Coastguard to go to the assistance of a vessel approximately 2 miles South of lulworth Cove.

Solent Coastguard had received a phone call from a 25' fishing vessel reporting that they had a buoy rope entangled around its outdrives and that the vessel was drifting. The skipper requested assistance to get to a place of safety.

Once on scene the volunteer crew established a tow and brought the vessel back to Weymouth arriving at 10.35am.

The lifeboat was then refuelled and made ready for the next shout.

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridgeand Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland