One man and his dog all at sea
Published 01/06/2015 | 18:11
Lifeboat crews pulled one man and his dog to safety after their sailing dinghy capsized as it entered a harbour.
The sailor and his pet were travelling from Christchurch to Poole in a 15ft dinghy at 4.50pm yesterday.
The boat was swamped as it entered the harbour and capsized, leaving the man and his dog in the water.
An RNLI team was in the vicinity, on launch Castello, and scooped up the pair before taking them to Brownsea Island.
The man and his dog, named Leo, were checked over by two crew members and found to be uninjured.
Volunteer helmsman Ed Davies said: " Conditions in the harbour were choppy, the wind was northwesterly force 5 and the first vessel got caught out.
"They were only in the water briefly as they were lucky that another vessel was nearby to pick them up. We were pleased to save his boat."
The harbour master's patrol launch stood by the stricken boat until the RNLI crew returned to collect it.
They brought the swamped vessel and beached it on to a small beach north of Brownsea, and found it was flooded.
A more powerful salvage pump was transferred to the crew and they managed to save the dinghy.
The man and his dog decided to stay with the dinghy which was then pulled back to Hamworthy by the crew.