Six people in Poole Harbour in stranded yacht rescue

Stranded yacht and rescue lifeboat Three people stayed on the yacht and waited for high tide to refloat the vessel

Six people had to be taken to safety in a lifeboat when their yacht ran aground off the Dorset coast.

The 44ft (13m) vessel had a crew of nine when it hit trouble on the notorious Hook Sands near the entrance of Poole Harbour, the RNLI said.

Two lifeboats were launched just before 16:00 BST on Saturday with six people taken to shore.

The remaining crew members stayed on board and waited for high tide to refloat the yacht.

Poole RNLI volunteer coxswain Jonathan Clark said: "There were unpredictable squally showers coming through and the boat was lying on its side, so it was best to bring the six people ashore.

"The skipper and the two people left on the yacht stayed in contact with Portland Coastguard and were happy to sit and wait for the tide."

More on This Story

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Dorset

Weather

Bournemouth

9 °C 1 °C

Features

  • Elderly manSuicide decline

    The number of old people killing themselves has fallen. Why?


  • Petrol pumpPumping up

    Why are petrol prices rising again?


  • Image of George from Tube CrushTube crush

    How London's male commuters set Chinese hearts racing


  • TricycleTreasure trove

    The lost property shop stuffed with diamonds, bikes... and a leg


  • Boris Nemtsov'I loved Nemtsov'

    A murder in an atmosphere of hatred and intolerance


Try our new site and tell us what you think. Learn more
Take me there

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.