Latest launch information:12th September 2018
Almost exactly 12 hours after the previous incident, the Swanage Lifeboat launched on the station’s 50th response of the year. This time the volunteer crew were asked to assist Poole lifeboat in searching for the source of a red flare (an international distress signal) seen in Poole Bay in an area between Bournemouth and Boscombe piers. Poole lifeboat had already been on scene and searching for about an hour and the Swanage crew were asked to extend the search further to the South and as far East as Hengistbury Head. The lifeboat’s search legs ran East/West along the coast and each one was around 5Nm long. With the first leg complete and nothing found the lifeboat came inshore by 0.5Nm and started the return leg back to the West. Halfway back down the next leg at 01:15 another red flare was sighted by both the Swanage and Poole crews. This was reported to the Coastguard and both boats altered course and headed towards the flare from their positions. The lifeboats met just off Boscombe pier but had found nothing. They then headed West carrying out a slow search. Halfway between Bournemouth and Boscombe pier a white parachute flare was fired to illuminate the area, again nothing was found. Investigations then started ashore as it was becoming increasingly likely that the red flares had been fired from the shore. At 02:21 both Poole and Swanage lifeboats were stood down pending further investigations by Police and Coastguards ashore. The lifeboat was back on its slipway 20 mins later, washed down, refuelled and made ready for service. We’d like to remind people that firing a red flare in anything other than a distress situation is an offence.
- Sea state:Slight
- Launch time:00:07
- Recovery time:02:43
- Location:Poole Bay
(Coxn) Dave Turnbull
ALB Shore Crew:
(Winch) Paul Bedford
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