Latest launch information:5th September 2017
A 12m cutter was overdue on passage from Cherbourg to Lymington, reported by colleagues expecting the skipper, the only person on board, to meet them for dinner. The UK Coastguard had put out several ‘all ships’ calls for any reports of the vessel as well as contacting local harbours to try to locate the vessel. With concerns for her safety rising the Swanage Lifeboat was requested to search Studland Bay and launched shortly before 2230hrs. A swift search of Swanage bay was fruitless, so the lifeboat made her way to Studland where several radar targets indicated boats at anchor. The second boat that the lifeboat approached matched the description of a 12m cutter rigged yacht and the lifeboat’s powerful searchlight revealed the missing boat’s name across her transom. The find was reported to the UK Coastguard while a quick chat with the skipper revealed he had diverted to Studland in a squall and his (French) mobile phone was not connecting to the UK network. A quick conversation over VHF to the Coastguard confirmed everyone was found and well and the lifeboat returned to her slipway at 2308hrs
- Sea state:Slight
- Launch time:22:26
- Recovery time:23:08
- Location:Studland Bay
(Coxn) Dave Turnbull
ALB Shore Crew:
(Winch) Guy Batiste
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