Latest launch information:23rd January 2019
The Swanage D-class inshore lifeboat (ILB) was requested today when a dog fell from the cliffs close to Old Harry and was seen by the owners to be swimming in the shallow water just south of the headland.
As the crew made ready to launch, a Shannon class lifeboat on training duty rounded Old Harry and reported that they could see both the owners, on the top of the cliffs, and the dog. They were unable to help directly but were able to indicate to the ILB as it closed upon the scene exactly where the dog was.
The ILB recovered the dog, which appeared unhurt, and arranged to rendezvous with Swanage Coastguard and the owners at South Beach in Studland.
When the owners and dog were re-united, the ILB returned to Swanage where the volunteer crew were able to warm their hands while the lifeboat was prepared for further service.
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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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