Latest launch information:10th December 2017
A yacht’s mooring began to drag in strong westerly winds, so the skipper and some crew went to move the boat temporarily to the lifeboat mooring. Unfortunately, a slip in the cockpit left the skipper with a dislocated hip. A distress call was made and the volunteer Swanage crew were soon able to launch both lifeboats and make the very short trip to the middle of the bay, where ‘Watanga’ was motoring to keep the boat’s motion as smooth as possible. The skipper was checked over and given pain relief while a plan for his evacuation was discussed between the UK Coastguard and the lifeboat.
It was decided that the safest, quickest and most comfortable course of action was to transfer the skipper to the lifeboat, re-house and let paramedics take over from there. This was achieved with a little more pain relief and soon the skipper was in the capable hands of the ambulance crew being prepared for a trip to Poole.
Meanwhile, ‘Watanga’ was motored to Poole by some friends of the skipper and both lifeboats were able to wash down and rehouse at 1406hrs.
- Sea state:Slight
- Boat(s):Both Boats
- Launch time:13:10
- Recovery time:14:06
- Location:Swanage Boay
(Helm) Darren Tomes
ILB Shore Crew:
(Winch) Guy Batiste
(Coxn) Robert Aggas
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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