Latest launch information:7th August 2018
Both Swanage lifeboats were launched this evening to assist in a multi-agency response to a fire on the cliffs at Ballard Down directly opposite the lifeboat station. The inshore lifeboat launched first to move a boat away from the base of the cliff and also to put crew members ashore to search the cliff base for people and to stop people coming along the foreshore to watch. The all-weather lifeboat launched a little later to provide extra illumination to search the cliff face for a possible trapped person as the source of the fire was unknown. The lifeboats stayed on scene reporting the state of the fire back to the fire commander on the cliff top. Once the fire had burnt itself out the lifeboats were released to return to station.
- Sea state:Slight
- Boat(s):Both Boats
- Launch time:21:50
- Recovery time:00:35
- Location:Ballard Down
(Helm) Dan Lander
ILB Shore Crew:
(Coxn) Dave Turnbull
ALB Shore Crew:
(Winch) Paul Bedford
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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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