Latest launch information:16th February 2019
Swanage’s D Class inshore lifeboat was tasked this afternoon along with the Coastguard volunteers from Swanage and St Albans Hd and the Coastguard Helicopter to assist in the recovery of an injured climber. The climber was reported to have fallen and was thought to be around 400m West of Anvil Point. The inshore lifeboat was asked to locate the casualty and make an initial assessment of their condition before the helicopter arrived on scene. The lifeboat launched and quickly located the casualty. A crew member was put ashore but they were unable to reach the casualty who was on a ledge slightly above sea level. They were able to communicate with the casualty though and information about their condition was passed to the helicopter. Once the helicopter was on scene the lifeboat was able to provide a comms link between the helicopter and the shore. The casualty was assessed by the helicopter’s paramedic, loaded in to the helicopter’s stretcher, winched up and flown to hospital. All units were then released to return to station. We wish the casualty a speedy recovery.
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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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