Woman 'hung on to side of Poole Harbour ferry'

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A woman who was left gripping the side of a ferry after her boat became pinned against it has been rescued by a lifeboat crew in Dorset.

The small 18ft (5.5m) motorboat was in danger of being sucked under the chain ferry when rescuers came across it at 18:45 BST on Friday in Poole Harbour.

"[She] was too scared to move, so the volunteer crew gently coaxed her," a Portland Coastguard spokesman said.

The vessel, whose driver was still on board, was then towed out of danger.

The lifeboat was en route to Hook Sands to a stranded couple on a jet ski when it came across the emergency.

'Scrambled to safety'

The spokesman said: "It did not look right so the volunteer crew quickly sped towards them to check that all was OK.

"[The] woman was holding on tight to the chain ferry, she was frozen on the narrow ledge that runs along the outside of the chain ferry.

"The vessel had suffered engine failure and the engine had actually seized, this is how it found itself to be in such a dangerous position.

"The woman had managed to scramble off the boat to safety... it could have easily been sucked under the ferry as the conditions out in the harbour were rough and choppy, with strong gusting easterly winds."

The lifeboat crew towed the vessel to the North Haven ferry steps, before speeding on to Hook Sands.

The couple on the jet ski were later rescued unharmed.

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