Hamworthy yacht rescue after speedboat tangle

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image captionInitially a speedboat became tangled in the yacht's mooring chain

Five people have been rescued after a speedboat became entangled with a yacht in Dorset on Boxing Day.

The boat became tangled in the yacht's mooring chain off Lake Yard, Hamworthy, at about 17:30 GMT on Wednesday.

A second speedboat carrying four people went to assist but also found itself in difficulty and sank.

Its passengers swam to safety and the five onboard the first speedboat waited on the yacht to be rescued by Royal National Lifeboat Institution crew.

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image captionA second speedboat, with four people onboard, came to assist but also found itself in difficulty and sank

Lifeboat volunteer Jonathan Clark said: "The information that we were given was sketchy and confusing.

"Eventually all people were recovered safe and well. It was a good outcome that could have been a lot worse."

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image captionThose on the sinking speedboat managed to swim to safety

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