POOLE’S RNLI lifeboat was launched this afternoon after reports that an angling vessel with four people on board broke down off Bournemouth Pier.

The lifeboat was called out at 3.53pm and a few minutes later found that the occupants were safe.

The crew towed the stricken boat back to its mooring in Poole, arriving at 5pm.

The occupants of the fishing boat were met by Coastguard Rescue Officers from Poole and the lifeboat returned to its station.