Two sea rescues as five saved from sinking speedboat
Coastguards have called on everyone who goes out on boats to have working life jackets after five people, including a child, were rescued from a speedboat as it sank off Bournemouth beach.
None of the five had lifejackets and only called for emergency help when they were ankle deep in water. They had to pass the child to a nearby yacht, one of many on the water to enjoy the Bournemouth Air Festival on Saturday afternoon.
The first call came to the Coastguard at 2pm, with the crew of the Fletcher speedboat reporting their vessel was taking in water and they were up to their ankles.
The boat sank just as a lifeboat from Poole arrived. The four adults on board were treading water and were rescued from the sea by two lifeboats from Poole, and taken to Bournemouth Pier for medical treatment.
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The watch manager of Portland Coastguard, Ros Evans, said: “They were very lucky to survive as they had no lifejackets, flares or radio. If the lifeboats had not been in the area they would have been unlikely to have kept themselves afloat for long.
“We recommend that motorboaters should wear a lifejacket at all times whilst on deck. These lifejackets should be well maintained and should have a sprayhood and whistle if possible.”
Meanwhile, rescuers from Wyke Coastguard called in a rescue helicopter after finding a married couple who had become lost and disorientated in dense scrub at Ringstead Bay, near Weymouth, on Saturday evening.
As darkness fell, the rescuers realised the couple had managed to get themselves into an almost inaccessible spot amid the scrub and broken ground just below Burning Cliff.
So the Coastguard officers took the decision that walking the pair out in darkness would be too difficult and called the helicopter to winch them to safety. Neither required medical attention.