Bournemouth EchoUPDATE: Dinghy drifts into path of chain ferry at Sandbanks (From Bournemouth Echo)

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Dinghy drifts into path of chain ferry at Sandbanks

Bournemouth Echo: Dinghy drifts into path of chain ferry at Sandbanks Dinghy drifts into path of chain ferry at Sandbanks

A MAN had a lucky escape after being swept under the Sandbanks chain ferry after his dinghy suffered engine failure on Friday evening.

The drama took place around 7.20pm when an 8ft dinghy with two people on board got into trouble and both occupants ended up in the water.

They had launched from Middle Path at Sandbanks when they got caught out by an extremely strong tide and their craft was swept towards the Bramble Bush Bay ferry.

It was on the north side and the boat got jammed into the chains and ramp.

One of the men grabbed the lifeline on the chain ferry and was hauled aboard by people on the ferry while the other was swept under the vessel.

Several horrified onlookers called 999, said Portland Coastguard, however both Poole lifeboats were already out on other calls and both responded.

The man who was swept away was rescued by people on a 38ft yacht which was passing North Haven.

“With the strong flood tide and challenging conditions, they were extremely lucky,” said volunteer helmsman Gavin McGuiness.

Poole’s inshore lifeboat volunteer crew transferred the man from the yacht. He was shaken by his experience but unhurt and they landed him at North Haven steps. The man on the ferry was also checked out and was uninjured.

The dinghy was stuck fast under the ferry preventing it from moving and the lifeboat crew tried to tow it free but it would not move.

As they used a spike to try and prise it away, it washed itself free and was recovered from the south side.

Gavin added: “Fortunately for the man swept under the ferry his lifejacket did not inflate. It brought back memories of a previous shout in 2001, where a lady was swept under the ferry in similar circumstances.”

In 2001 a four-man yacht drifted into the chain ferry, capsized and was drawn underneath by the tide. A 72-year-old grandmother on board survived unscathed after going right under the ferry.

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8:11pm Fri 13 Jun 14

BluebirdDorset says...

Feel really deflated reading that.
Feel really deflated reading that. BluebirdDorset
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9:14pm Fri 13 Jun 14

retry69 says...

Those pesky wind farm protesters get everywhere
Those pesky wind farm protesters get everywhere retry69
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10:23pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Pablo23 says...

I almost had that happen in my kayak once.
You have to be aware of the tide times.
When the tide goes out of Poole Harbour its like being sucked down a plughole...with a ferry crossing it
I almost had that happen in my kayak once. You have to be aware of the tide times. When the tide goes out of Poole Harbour its like being sucked down a plughole...with a ferry crossing it Pablo23
  • Score: 13

11:06pm Fri 13 Jun 14

hooplaa says...

I'm sure it will blow over...
I'm sure it will blow over... hooplaa
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12:10am Sat 14 Jun 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

It's clearly the fault of the ferry driver going to fast.

I used it yesterday to go to studland and collect some fresh Adders for my vivarium.
No sooner had I started to doze off than we were docking at the opposite bank.

I was looking forward to a snooze but there's no chance of that with the speed the captain goes.
It's clearly the fault of the ferry driver going to fast. I used it yesterday to go to studland and collect some fresh Adders for my vivarium. No sooner had I started to doze off than we were docking at the opposite bank. I was looking forward to a snooze but there's no chance of that with the speed the captain goes. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 7

12:56am Sat 14 Jun 14

HRH of Boscombe says...

Sir Beachy Head wrote:
It's clearly the fault of the ferry driver going to fast.

I used it yesterday to go to studland and collect some fresh Adders for my vivarium.
No sooner had I started to doze off than we were docking at the opposite bank.

I was looking forward to a snooze but there's no chance of that with the speed the captain goes.
You go to Studland to see loose snakes then moan a sailor moves too fast lol
[quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: It's clearly the fault of the ferry driver going to fast. I used it yesterday to go to studland and collect some fresh Adders for my vivarium. No sooner had I started to doze off than we were docking at the opposite bank. I was looking forward to a snooze but there's no chance of that with the speed the captain goes.[/p][/quote]You go to Studland to see loose snakes then moan a sailor moves too fast lol HRH of Boscombe
  • Score: 5

3:39am Sat 14 Jun 14

guisselle says...

Got to love Shell Bay the haven for wild birds and nature lovers!
Got to love Shell Bay the haven for wild birds and nature lovers! guisselle
  • Score: 2

6:21am Sat 14 Jun 14

mythoughts! says...

Sir Beachy Head wrote:
It's clearly the fault of the ferry driver going to fast.

I used it yesterday to go to studland and collect some fresh Adders for my vivarium.
No sooner had I started to doze off than we were docking at the opposite bank.

I was looking forward to a snooze but there's no chance of that with the speed the captain goes.
Sounds like you had an exciting day yesterday! I think you need to leave the adders alone. The purbeck adders are not for reptile consumption
[quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: It's clearly the fault of the ferry driver going to fast. I used it yesterday to go to studland and collect some fresh Adders for my vivarium. No sooner had I started to doze off than we were docking at the opposite bank. I was looking forward to a snooze but there's no chance of that with the speed the captain goes.[/p][/quote]Sounds like you had an exciting day yesterday! I think you need to leave the adders alone. The purbeck adders are not for reptile consumption mythoughts!
  • Score: 8

6:58am Sat 14 Jun 14

BIGTONE says...

HRH of Boscombe wrote:
Sir Beachy Head wrote:
It's clearly the fault of the ferry driver going to fast.

I used it yesterday to go to studland and collect some fresh Adders for my vivarium.
No sooner had I started to doze off than we were docking at the opposite bank.

I was looking forward to a snooze but there's no chance of that with the speed the captain goes.
You go to Studland to see loose snakes then moan a sailor moves too fast lol
I think you will find he was after the hairy snakes at Studland.
Haaaaaaaa
[quote][p][bold]HRH of Boscombe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: It's clearly the fault of the ferry driver going to fast. I used it yesterday to go to studland and collect some fresh Adders for my vivarium. No sooner had I started to doze off than we were docking at the opposite bank. I was looking forward to a snooze but there's no chance of that with the speed the captain goes.[/p][/quote]You go to Studland to see loose snakes then moan a sailor moves too fast lol[/p][/quote]I think you will find he was after the hairy snakes at Studland. Haaaaaaaa BIGTONE
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9:55am Sat 14 Jun 14

bourne free says...

The inflatable got tangled in the ferry chain while it was mid channel and the ferry didn't realize it was there and kept going for another minute. One guy was dragged under the ferry and the other was hawed up the side . Lifeboat picked up the guy in the sea who was lucky to be alive but not sure if he was injured ?
The inflatable got tangled in the ferry chain while it was mid channel and the ferry didn't realize it was there and kept going for another minute. One guy was dragged under the ferry and the other was hawed up the side . Lifeboat picked up the guy in the sea who was lucky to be alive but not sure if he was injured ? bourne free
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10:03am Sat 14 Jun 14

boardsandphotos says...

HRH of Boscombe wrote:
Sir Beachy Head wrote:
It's clearly the fault of the ferry driver going to fast.

I used it yesterday to go to studland and collect some fresh Adders for my vivarium.
No sooner had I started to doze off than we were docking at the opposite bank.

I was looking forward to a snooze but there's no chance of that with the speed the captain goes.
You go to Studland to see loose snakes then moan a sailor moves too fast lol
Brilliant!!
[quote][p][bold]HRH of Boscombe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: It's clearly the fault of the ferry driver going to fast. I used it yesterday to go to studland and collect some fresh Adders for my vivarium. No sooner had I started to doze off than we were docking at the opposite bank. I was looking forward to a snooze but there's no chance of that with the speed the captain goes.[/p][/quote]You go to Studland to see loose snakes then moan a sailor moves too fast lol[/p][/quote]Brilliant!! boardsandphotos
  • Score: 2

1:58pm Sat 14 Jun 14

shaun_mh says...

Funny how quickly the Echo gets to these accidents. The vulture was there before any emergency personal. And maybe you want to get your story straight before you report on stuff. And before any of you silly commenting trolls start. yes I was there and yes I saw the whole thing happen and yes I was one of the 4 fisherman there to call the coastguard.
Funny how quickly the Echo gets to these accidents. The vulture was there before any emergency personal. And maybe you want to get your story straight before you report on stuff. And before any of you silly commenting trolls start. yes I was there and yes I saw the whole thing happen and yes I was one of the 4 fisherman there to call the coastguard. shaun_mh
  • Score: 0

3:45pm Sat 14 Jun 14

bourne free says...

shaun_mh wrote:
Funny how quickly the Echo gets to these accidents. The vulture was there before any emergency personal. And maybe you want to get your story straight before you report on stuff. And before any of you silly commenting trolls start. yes I was there and yes I saw the whole thing happen and yes I was one of the 4 fisherman there to call the coastguard.
come on then tell us the bits that are wrong then ?
[quote][p][bold]shaun_mh[/bold] wrote: Funny how quickly the Echo gets to these accidents. The vulture was there before any emergency personal. And maybe you want to get your story straight before you report on stuff. And before any of you silly commenting trolls start. yes I was there and yes I saw the whole thing happen and yes I was one of the 4 fisherman there to call the coastguard.[/p][/quote]come on then tell us the bits that are wrong then ? bourne free
  • Score: 5

7:00pm Sat 14 Jun 14

Pablo23 says...

shaun_mh wrote:
Funny how quickly the Echo gets to these accidents. The vulture was there before any emergency personal. And maybe you want to get your story straight before you report on stuff. And before any of you silly commenting trolls start. yes I was there and yes I saw the whole thing happen and yes I was one of the 4 fisherman there to call the coastguard.
Calm down Shaun
[quote][p][bold]shaun_mh[/bold] wrote: Funny how quickly the Echo gets to these accidents. The vulture was there before any emergency personal. And maybe you want to get your story straight before you report on stuff. And before any of you silly commenting trolls start. yes I was there and yes I saw the whole thing happen and yes I was one of the 4 fisherman there to call the coastguard.[/p][/quote]Calm down Shaun Pablo23
  • Score: 2

10:10am Mon 16 Jun 14

Richard45 says...

What a night on the water, our first experience of sailing in Poole Harbour as crew on our friends yacht Avalon. We had passed the ferry and heard shouts from the shore. Looking back tehre was one person climbing up the ferry and what looked like another person surrounded by debries in the water. We turned round to pick him up, brought him on board and then passed him over RNLI who were on the scene within minutes.
We then continued on an anchored off Studland beach and as it turned dark watched what looked like a scene from a Bond movie as a about a dozen parachutists fell from the sky and were picked up by a flotilla high speed black ribs.
Finally we motored back into the harbour chased down under a full moon by the Condor ferry which certainly got the adrenalin pumping.Its a menacing sight when its right behind you.
Is there always this much going on in Poole?
What a night on the water, our first experience of sailing in Poole Harbour as crew on our friends yacht Avalon. We had passed the ferry and heard shouts from the shore. Looking back tehre was one person climbing up the ferry and what looked like another person surrounded by debries in the water. We turned round to pick him up, brought him on board and then passed him over RNLI who were on the scene within minutes. We then continued on an anchored off Studland beach and as it turned dark watched what looked like a scene from a Bond movie as a about a dozen parachutists fell from the sky and were picked up by a flotilla high speed black ribs. Finally we motored back into the harbour chased down under a full moon by the Condor ferry which certainly got the adrenalin pumping.Its a menacing sight when its right behind you. Is there always this much going on in Poole? Richard45
  • Score: 0

10:20am Mon 16 Jun 14

mythoughts! says...

Richard45 wrote:
What a night on the water, our first experience of sailing in Poole Harbour as crew on our friends yacht Avalon. We had passed the ferry and heard shouts from the shore. Looking back tehre was one person climbing up the ferry and what looked like another person surrounded by debries in the water. We turned round to pick him up, brought him on board and then passed him over RNLI who were on the scene within minutes.
We then continued on an anchored off Studland beach and as it turned dark watched what looked like a scene from a Bond movie as a about a dozen parachutists fell from the sky and were picked up by a flotilla high speed black ribs.
Finally we motored back into the harbour chased down under a full moon by the Condor ferry which certainly got the adrenalin pumping.Its a menacing sight when its right behind you.
Is there always this much going on in Poole?
Sounds like you had an eventful evening in Poole. its a brilliant place to live with lots going on.
[quote][p][bold]Richard45[/bold] wrote: What a night on the water, our first experience of sailing in Poole Harbour as crew on our friends yacht Avalon. We had passed the ferry and heard shouts from the shore. Looking back tehre was one person climbing up the ferry and what looked like another person surrounded by debries in the water. We turned round to pick him up, brought him on board and then passed him over RNLI who were on the scene within minutes. We then continued on an anchored off Studland beach and as it turned dark watched what looked like a scene from a Bond movie as a about a dozen parachutists fell from the sky and were picked up by a flotilla high speed black ribs. Finally we motored back into the harbour chased down under a full moon by the Condor ferry which certainly got the adrenalin pumping.Its a menacing sight when its right behind you. Is there always this much going on in Poole?[/p][/quote]Sounds like you had an eventful evening in Poole. its a brilliant place to live with lots going on. mythoughts!
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