Both Poole RNLI lifeboats were called out after a yacht collided with the Sandbanks Ferry in Poole Harbour on Saturday.

The 30ft yacht had become trapped against the chain ferry on the seaward side.

A spring tide which was flooding had pinned the yacht alongside the ferry, with an RNLI lifeboat spokesperson describing the tide as "fierce and relentless".

With the boat crashing against the side of the steel hull of the chain ferry, the lifeboat crew attached a towline and pulled the yacht off the ferry.

Once the yacht was clear, a lifeboat crewman was transferrred to check the people on board were uninjured.

Although shaken, they proceeded back into Poole Harbour.

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Volunteer helm Jonathan Clark said: "This was a difficult job, in challenging conditions, the spring tide was at its peak.

"It was a similar scenario that happened in 2001 on the other side of the Chain Ferry when the yacht disappeared underneath with one person in it.

"The sea is unpredictable and it’s a notorious bottle neck in the harbour which has caught many experienced seafarers out, thankfully it was a good outcome."

Paul Glatzel Volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager said: "What looks a straightforward rescue was in fact an incredibly challenging and skilful rescue by the Helm and Crew of the Poole Lifeboats, we are delighted that all involved are safe and well."