Latest launch information:3rd September 2017
Swanage’s all weather lifeboat was in action for the second time this weekend when UK Coastguard requested assistance for a 67’ yacht South of Worbarrow Bay. The yacht had suffered total electrical failure so was without lights, navigation equipment and radios. They also couldn’t start their engine and had requested assistance. UK Coastguard had been unable to contact the yacht for some time so requested that the lifeboat launch, locate the casualty and get them to a place of safety. The lifeboat launched and made best speed in the bumpy conditions towards the yacht’s last known position. As the lifeboat approached the rough waters off St Albans Head a radar target was spotted heading East. On investigation this turned out to be the yacht in question. The lifeboat came close alongside the yacht so that it was possible to shout across to the yacht’s skipper to get an update to the situation on board. The yacht was sailing well but with the daylight fading fast their original plan of heading to Portsmouth was not going to be a safe one. After some persuasion a berth was arranged in Poole and the yacht altered course. The lifeboat continued to escort the yacht as the Polish delivery crew (on their way to Gibraltar) did not know the area. As the boats approached Old Harry Rocks a lifeboat crew member was put aboard the yacht and the 40 tonne yacht taken in tow. Once in Poole Harbour the yacht was towed in to Poole Quay boat haven and secured to a berth with the help of the Poole Coastguard volunteers. The lifeboat was then released to return to Swanage.
- Sea state:Moderate
- Launch time:18:44
- Recovery time:22:13
- Location:South of Worbarrow Bay
(Coxn) Dave Turnbull
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Swanage Lifeboat Station is one of over 230 RNLI lifeboat stations around the coast of the UK and the Republic of Ireland. The RNLI is a charity and relies on voluntary contributions from the public to keep its lifeboats at sea. At Swanage we have two lifeboats, an All Weather ‘Shannon’ class lifeboat and a ‘D-Class’ inshore lifeboat. We have a volunteer crew comprising 30 sea going crew and four shore crew who launch and recover the boats.
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