Latest launch information:11th November 2018
The Swanage Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) was asked to launch today by the Swanage volunteer coastguard team when they were tasked to reports of a casualty in a dangerous position on the cliffs above Durlston Bay. The ILB was asked to standby in Durlston Bay as the situation evolved, perhaps to act as communications relay or assist with an evacuation should it become necessary.
The ILB launched and was quickly on scene, but requested that the all-weather lifeboat (ALB) was brought to ‘immediate readiness’ as the conditions in Durlston Bay and Peveril Ledge were testing. An ALB crew kitted up and the boat lowered out of the boathouse in response.
The Swanage cliff rescue team were able to lower a man to the casualty and effect a rescue from the clifftop. At a point where everyone was away from the cliff edge the ILB was released to return to station, the ALB was recovered to the boathouse (without getting wet for the second time this weekend) shortly afterwards.
- Sea state:Rough
- Boat(s):Both Boats
- Launch time:09:33
- Recovery time:11:15
- Location:Durlston Bay
(Helm) Becky Mack
ILB Shore Crew:
(Coxn) Gavin Steeden
ALB Shore Crew:
(Winch) Paul Bedford
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