Swanage RNLI

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The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. Saving lives off the Dorset coast from Swanage since 1875.

15 February 2019

Boathouse open every day 12pm to 4pm every day in half term (Sat 16 Feb to Sun 24 Feb)

Our volunteer visits team will be opening the lifeboat station from 12pm to 4pm every day during half term (Sat 16 Feb to Sun 24 Feb)

We also have a training exercise planned for Weds 20th Feb at 7pm if you’d like to watch the lifeboats launch (subject to operational requirements)

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22 January 2019

Keeping up a family tradition as teenagers join their fathers at Swanage RNLI

Swanage, like many RNLI stations, has had a strong history of generations of families volunteering as crew members. Several families from the town have strong links to the station - and that tradition looks set to continue.

Felix Williams and Morgan Woodford are no exception. Both sons of volunteer lifeboat crew, after celebrating their 17th birthdays (the minimum age to join the crew) they’ve both taken the decision to sign up and start training to help save lives at sea. In following in their fathers’ footsteps they’ve become the youngest volunteers at the lifeboat station.

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31 October 2018

Safety at sea awareness for young students enables RNLI donation

Following another successful season running adventure residential camps for schools, Cumulus Outdoors, based in Swanage and Wareham, were delighted to be able to make a donation of £596 to the RNLI.

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04 October 2018

Local leaves legacy to provide new waterproof clothing for Swanage lifeboat crew

Local Swanage man, Andy Weeks, was a long supporter of his local lifeboat station.

He left a legacy to the Swanage Lifeboat Station and it was decided to allocate his generous donation towards the brand new all-weather waterproof lifeboat clothing which is being distributed to stations around the country during the last part of 2018.

Andy was part of a large family, originally from Swanage, and moved to North London with his family when he was aged 6. Despite moving away, Andy maintained contact with his roots by frequent holidays with grandparents during his school years.

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04 July 2018

Open Garden & Cream Tea in Swanage - Saturday 7th July

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08 June 2018

Former Coxswain of Swanage Lifeboat honoured with MBE for saving lives at sea

The former Coxswain of Swanage Lifeboat has been awarded with an MBE by Buckingham Palace in recognition of almost forty years of saving lives at sea.

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31 May 2018

Young fundraiser raises £2000 for Swanage Lifeboat Station

‘Sam is an inspiration, at only 13 years old he has completed a very difficult challenge and raised an amazing amount of money for the RNLI’

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25 May 2018

13 year old fundraiser is cycling and kayaking his way from Marlow to Swanage

On the 27th May thirteen year old Sam Chaplin will be cycling from his home in Marlow to Wareham (almost 130 miles). He’ll then kayak from Wareham to Swanage (around 20 miles). Sam is doing this incredible journey to raise money for Swanage Lifeboat. On his JustGiving page Sam says “I really enjoy both cycling and kayaking and this will be my longest adventure yet!”

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23 May 2018

Swanage Lifeboat Station receives generous donation of £114,000 from the late Bob Campbell

Volunteer crew at Swanage felt very honoured to receive a generous donation from the late Bob Campbell, known affectionately by his family as Uncle Bob.

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17 May 2018

Jurassic Sea Kayakers donate £2000 to Swanage Lifeboat Station

In October 2015 Swanage inshore lifeboat launched to a Mayday call to assist a group of kayakers who had called for assistance. The group of kayakers was quickly located on a rocky part of the shore in Durlston Bay and the volunteer crew were immediately directed to one of the kayakers who was experiencing some vision problems. An initial assessment did not identify any obvious problems, but the vision problems persisted and it was decided to take the casualty by lifeboat back to the lifeboat station so that he could receive medical attention.

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