Latest launch information:30th August 2017
When the TS Royalist, a 111’ Brig operated by the Marine Society and Sea Cadets, became entangled in a pot marker nearly 20NM south of Anvil Point, the Swanage Lifeboat was called to assist. Royalist was large enough to drag the string of pots across the seabed, but was clearly going to need help getting clear. Less than an hour after launching the lifeboat was on scene and 20 minutes later had cut Royalist free. Royalist had steering and propulsion, but ropes could still be seen trailing from her stern and there was concern that she would have problems manoeuvring when she got to Poole Harbour, her destination port. Swanage lifeboat therefore escorted Royalist on the slow passage back to Poole, diverting briefly back to Swanage to change a couple of volunteer crew. Royalist made Poole Quay without further help at 1420hrs and the lifeboat was released to return to Swanage. She was re-housed and ready for further service at 1505hrs after more than 5 hours at sea
- Sea state:Slight
- Launch time:09:25
- Recovery time:15:05
- Location:18NM SSE St Albans Head
(Coxn) Robert Aggas
ALB Shore Crew:
(Winch) Paul Bedford
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