Portishead independent lifeboat had to be rescued yesterday after colliding with a submerged object

Portishead independent lifeboat had to be rescued yesterday after colliding with a submerged object while on exercise in heavy seas. The 22ft RIB ‘Denbar Sage’, carrying two crewmen and a trainee, sustained structural damage, and the crew members issued a Mayday.

Swansea Coastguard despatched two RNLI lifeboats from Weston-super-mare, the Independent Lifeboat from SARA, and a SAR Helicopter from RAF Chivenor to assist, and ‘Denbar Sage’ was towed back to its base. A Portishead lifeboat spokesman said, “We do not know what the boat hit, but we think it may have been a large tree.”