Weymouth RNLI All-weather and Inshore lifeboats were on a regular training exercise in Weymouth Bay on Sunday 2nd May, when Solent Coastguard requested that a lifeboat attend the cruise ship Marella Explorer 2 which was at anchor in the bay.
It was reported that a crew member from the cruise ship had been injured and needed to be taken ashore.
The Inshore lifeboat was diverted from the exercise to go to the anchored vessel and transported the walking wounded crew member to a waiting ambulance at Weymouth lifeboat station. He was then taken to DCH for further treatment.
Shortly after having been released from that shout the Inshore lifeboat was further tasked by Solent Coastguard to check out a paddleboard which had been moored to a marker buoy at Bowleaze Cove with no signs of the owner and reported to the Coastguard by a local jet skier which was in the area.
A detailed search of the area looking for the owner of the board was carried out but nothing was found.
The volunteer lifeboat crew left the paddleboard in situ and returned to station where the lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for the next shout.