Photo of Wyke Regis Coastguard Rescue Vehicle
Multiple persons in water
Portland harbour
Date / Time:
Saturday 10th Nov 2018 - 12:09 » 13:55
#108 / 2018

The full team were paged at 12:09 to reports of four missing kite surfer near Castle Cove Sailing Club, Weymouth. A heavy squall had passed through Portland Harbour and numerous reports of potential casualties had come through. Portland Bill CRT, both Weymouth Lifeboat and Coastguard Rescue 175 also tasked to incident. Coastguard operations NMOC issued a broadcast to make vessels in the area aware.

Upon departing the CRE, Wyke MRU was redirected to Billy Winters to establish communications, whilst further team members were sent to Castle Cove Sailing Club to gain vantage. Both Weymouth Lifeboat entered Portland Harbour, searching for casualties. Portland Sailing Academy safety boats soon reported picking up all casualties, but some equipment was still outstanding. Further reports of two missing windsurfer were then received, so resources were tasked to locate. One windsurfer located by safety boat, second located sheltering at Smallmouth Bay, rejoining when a break in the weather allowed. Portland Bill CRT established some of missing equipment was located at the Sailing Academy and reported this to the NMOC to pass on details and reunite to owners.

With all casualties accounted for, all resources were stood down from the incident, although both MRU remained on scene until subsequent squalls had passed, in case of further incidents.

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