RNLI volunteers were called out on Monday morning after a dinghy capsized, throwing two people into the water off Poole.

The lifeboat launched at 10.20am to reports that the sailors had gone into the sea near the chain ferry.

Initial calls were made by a passing harbour cruise boat, as well as members of public on the shoreline.

Volunteers arrived quickly, discovering that both people were back aboard the dinghy in the shallows off Brownsea Island.

The sailors said they had capsized several times but were happy to sail on. However, RNLI crews discovered the dinghy's rudder had snapped and the pair wouldn't be able to return to Hamworthy themselves.

One crewmember went into the water to help while the two people were brought about the lifeboat. The dinghy was then towed back to the slipway at Hamworthy Park.

Later in the afternoon, the crew was called out again after a vessel ran aground in Poole Harbour. The 28-foot yacht was beached on the west side of Stoney Island.

Crews towed the craft back to Poole Quay.