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Old 07 August 2010, 14:34   #1
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Not a good week

Not a good week for the big boys of Poole Quay.

First off one of the Belle's of Dorset Cruises has a seal failure and floods the engine room just off Old Harry, passengers taken off and escourted back into Poole.
Today Solent Scene got a bit too close to Old Harry and ran aground. Passengers taken off and she was refloated just before 5 with little damage.
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Old 07 August 2010, 14:39   #2
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I've made my share of boating mistakes over the last 30 years - but I find the below pretty amazing - commercial local boat - presumably a local commercial skipper etc etc.....

You would expect that the Safety Briefing Paperwork for Solent Scene would have had stringent regs about this to prevent such a situation?

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Today Solent Scene got a bit too close to Old Harry and ran aground. Passengers taken off and she was refloated just before 5 with little damage.
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Not a good week for the big boys of Poole Quay.

First off one of the Belle's of Dorset Cruises has a seal failure and floods the engine room just off Old Harry, passengers taken off and escourted back into Poole.
Today Solent Scene got a bit too close to Old Harry and ran aground. Passengers taken off and she was refloated just before 5 with little damage.
That really is close to Old Harry ! What was it doing in there I wonder ?
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Quote from the lifeboat Coxswain attending the incident: "There are some tricky ledges around Old Harry that can catch anyone out."

Unfortunate accident, but we all make mistakes. At least nobody was hurt and I understand the boat appeared to be OK when refloated
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I've made my share of boating mistakes over the last 30 years - but I find the below pretty amazing - commercial local boat - presumably a local commercial skipper etc etc.....

You would expect that the Safety Briefing Paperwork for Solent Scene would have had stringent regs about this to prevent such a situation?
(1) That news photo, is the Dorset Belle, not the Solent Scene.

(2) The Solent Scene is fitted with a particularly useful chart plotter, which enables the Skipper to know exactly where he is & this should not have happened.
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(1) That news photo, is the Dorset Belle, not the Solent Scene.
I assume the photo is of the passengers from the Solent Scene being put onboard the (Bournemouth) Belle, which I assume was the

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edit: More info on the MCA website:

http://www.mcga.gov.uk/c4mca/mcga07-...F09&m=8&y=2010

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I assume the photo is of the passengers from the Solent Scene being put onboard the (Bournemouth) Belle, which I assume was the

referred to in the press release.

edit: More info on the MCA website:

http://www.mcga.gov.uk/c4mca/mcga07-...F09&m=8&y=2010

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I heard the skipper on the radio going on about drifting too close, trying to blame the weather, seemed to me he took his eye of the ball. I expect he had a lot of explaining to do. The lifeboat crew put an anchor out to stop it drifting any further nearer the cliffs.
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