Latest launch information:17th September 2017
The UK Coastguard called for Swanage’s Shannon class lifeboat today as two incidents unfolded simultaneously. A 36’ yacht was reported by a passing boat to be anchored close to Durlston Head with no-one responding to radio calls or hails. The lifeboat was being tasked to investigate the yacht as its position was very unusual, but a second call took priority as a 42’ powerboat was taking on water WSW of St Albans Head. The lifeboat launched and halted briefly at the anchored yacht to investigate. The solo sailor on board said that there was no immediate problem, so the lifeboat proceeded to St Albans head at best speed. On route to the powerboat ‘Bula’ the skipper of local fishing boat ‘San Gina II’ (standing by the casualty) explained that Bula’s pumps were not coping, so the lifeboat’s powerful salvage pump was prepared for use. The lifeboat was soon on scene and placed the pump along with 2 crew on board. The pump made quick work of the water coming in and the boat was taken in tow towards Poole, The crew were able to isolate the leak (a split intake hose), allowing one engine to be restarted, so the lifeboat recovered one crewman and left the scene to attend the other incident while Bula made her own way to Poole Harbour The yacht at Durlston Head, ‘Good Intentions’, had anchored following engine failure and a strong foul tide and was happy to accept a tow back to her home port of Poole. Once again a crewman was placed aboard to secure a tow. The anchor was cut away after the tow was made fast and steady progress made into Poole harbour, where a berth was available at Poole Quay Yacht Haven. Once alongside the lifeboat returned to Royal Motor Yacht Club, where Bula was already moored. The remaining crewman and equipment were collected and the lifeboat was able to return to Swanage, rehousing at 1410hrs.
- Sea state:Slight
- Launch time:10:04
- Recovery time:14:10
- Casualty:Motor boat
- Location:1Nm WSW of St Albans Hd
(Coxn) Dave Turnbull
ALB Shore Crew:
(Winch) Guy Batiste
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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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