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Byline: Seatown RNLI lifeguards and volunteer lifeboat crew rescue grounded yachtsman
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RNLI lifeguards and the volunteer lifeboat crew from Seatown responded to a 34-foot yacht that ran aground off Seatown South beach yesterday afternoon (Monday 10 May).

The single-handed yachtsman was planning to anchor off the beach for some lunch when a line became caught round the propeller. Unable to restart the engine, the boat drifted onto a sandbar and ran aground.

The RNLI lifeguards patrolling Seatown South beach had seen the situation unfold and after radio communication from Portland Coastguard were tasked to attend the scene.

RNLI lifeguard Kevin Stewart responded on the team’s Rescue Water Craft (RWC). When Kevin reached the casualty, he initially declined any help as he was confident that, with the tide rising, the boat would soon be lifted clear of the sandbar.

The RNLI lifeguards continued to keep watch and 40 minutes later, the strong southwesterly wind had pushed the yacht closer to the shore so Kevin responded on the RWC again. As he approached, a big wave pushed the yacht even closer into the beach and the skipper accepted that he required help.

At this point, Seatown’s volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew were tasked. Tom Jones, RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager at Seatown, explained how the volunteer crew helped the stranded yachtsman.

He said: ‘The crew were paged at around 4.30pm and responded immediately in the inshore lifeboat. The helmsman was able to get in close enough for one of the crew to get onboard the yacht and secure a towrope. With Kevin standing by on the RWC, the crew gently pulled the yacht clear of the beach until he was in enough water to put his sails up and get away under his own steam.’

Notes to editors

  • Footage of the incident can be viewed at www.rnli.org.uk/press and is available from the RNLI PR office on the number below.
  • Photo shows Seatown RNLI inshore lifeboat pulling the yacht clear of the shore. Credit RNLI.

RNLI media contacts

For more information please contact Ann Baxter, RNLI Lifeguard Press Officer on 07888 818 671 or abaxter@rnli.org.uk or Paul Smith,

Byline: Seatown RNLI lifeguards and volunteer lifeboat crew rescue grounded yachtsman
Page Content:

RNLI lifeguards and the volunteer lifeboat crew from Seatown responded to a 34-foot yacht that ran aground off Seatown South beach yesterday afternoon (Monday 10 May).

The single-handed yachtsman was planning to anchor off the beach for some lunch when a line became caught round the propeller. Unable to restart the engine, the boat drifted onto a sandbar and ran aground.

The RNLI lifeguards patrolling Seatown South beach had seen the situation unfold and after radio communication from Portland Coastguard were tasked to attend the scene.

RNLI lifeguard Kevin Stewart responded on the team’s Rescue Water Craft (RWC). When Kevin reached the casualty, he initially declined any help as he was confident that, with the tide rising, the boat would soon be lifted clear of the sandbar.

The RNLI lifeguards continued to keep watch and 40 minutes later, the strong southwesterly wind had pushed the yacht closer to the shore so Kevin responded on the RWC again. As he approached, a big wave pushed the yacht even closer into the beach and the skipper accepted that he required help.

At this point, Seatown’s volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew were tasked. Tom Jones, RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager at Seatown, explained how the volunteer crew helped the stranded yachtsman.

He said: ‘The crew were paged at around 4.30pm and responded immediately in the inshore lifeboat. The helmsman was able to get in close enough for one of the crew to get onboard the yacht and secure a towrope. With Kevin standing by on the RWC, the crew gently pulled the yacht clear of the beach until he was in enough water to put his sails up and get away under his own steam.’

Notes to editors

  • Footage of the incident can be viewed at www.rnli.org.uk/press and is available from the RNLI PR office on the number below.
  • Photo shows Seatown RNLI inshore lifeboat pulling the yacht clear of the shore. Credit RNLI.

RNLI media contacts

For more information please contact Ann Baxter, RNLI Lifeguard Press Officer on 07888 818 671 or abaxter@rnli.org.uk or Paul Smith,