Latest launch information:27th December 2017
A call to the UK coastguard resulted in a request for the Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) to launch to investigate a kayak seen drifting close to Swanage Pier.
The ILB was quickly launched and the volunteer crew were tasked with recovering the vessel (to prevent further calls and the possibility of the kayak becoming a hazard) and to check that there wasn’t anyone in difficulty.
A few minutes after launch the D-Class ILB was alongside the kayak and it was recovered from the water and taken to Buck Shore. A brief discussion between the UK coastguard, the Swanage coastguard volunteers and the ILB crew concluded that there was nothing to suggest that the kayak hadn;’t simply blown from the shore, so the ILB was released to return to station.
- Sea state:Moderate
- Boat(s):D Class
- Launch time:13:43hrs
- Recovery time:14:05hrs
- Location:Swanage Pier
(Helm) Tom Greasty
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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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