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VIDEO: Weymouth RNLI crew avert 'potential disaster' as ship nearly runs aground

By This is Dorset  |  Posted: November 23, 2012

RNLI crews were on hand as a ship nearly ran aground at Bowleaze Cove

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RNLI crews from Weymouth averted a 'potential disaster' last night after a cargo ship began to drag its anchor.

The vessel 'Nadja' was moored in Weymouth Bay, but was in danger of running aground due to the very strong winds.

Take a look below at a video from the RNLI - showing last night's operation.

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A spokesperson for the RNLI said: "The lifeboat was launched at 6.40pm last night to stand by the cargo vessel Nadja which was dragging its anchor and in danger of running ashore near Bowleaze Cove.

"In gale force winds of 35 knots gusting to 56 knots and driving rain, a potential disaster was averted when she managed to start her engines and limp back to a safe area of Weymouth Bay to anchor again."

The RNLI lifeboat returned to the station at around 9pm.

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