Whilst providing sea cover for the Bournemouth Air Show yesterday, the volunteer crew from Mudeford RNLI were tasked to assist in searching for a 16ft vessel which was taking on water. The crew made their way towards Old Harry Rocks were the vessel was reported to be, along with four adults and two young children on board.
Within minutes Mudeford Servant was alongside the casualty vessel, where they transferred the two children and their parents onto their inshore lifeboat and then awaited the arrival of Poole with their all weather lifeboat. The parents and their children were then transferred onto Poole’s lifeboat at the same time that a crew member from Poole was taken, by Mudeford RNLI, back to the casualty vessel where he stayed whilst the vessel was towed back to Poole. The crew from Mudeford were then able to resume their cover of the air show.
Pete Dadds, helm Mudeford RNLI added: ‘with an incident like this time is of the essence, and five minutes can make all the difference to a vessel which is taking on vast amounts of water. We were glad to assist Poole, as being first on scene we could assess the situation and remove the distressed children, along with their parents, from the immediate danger.’