Latest launch information:20th December 2018
A busy December period continued when the UK coastguard requested Swanage all-weather lifeboat join a multi-agency search for a person seen entering the water east of Bournemouth pier. As the volunteer crew were about to launch the lifeboat news arrived that the person had been recovered and was in the care of an ambulance crew. However, the first informant was now reported as missing and the Swanage lifeboat joined Poole lifeboat and shore-based coastguard units in searching the area between Bournemouth and Boscombe piers. The concern was that the first informant had entered the water to try and recover the initial casualty and then got in to difficulties themselves. Their mobile phone was going straight to answerphone and shore based Police and Coastguard units had been unable to find them. With nothing found the search was extended using a coastguard helicopter, ‘Rescue 163’. After around an hour and a half of searching, and still with nothing found, the UK coastguard were happy to conclude the search. The lifeboat was back in the boathouse at 0130hrs on Friday where it was washed down, refueled and made ready for service.
- Sea state:Moderate
- Launch time:22:46
- Recovery time:01:30
- Casualty:Missing person
- Location:Bournemouth Pier
(Coxn) Dave Turnbull
ALB Shore Crew:
(Winch) Paul Bedford
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