Latest launch information:3rd March 2019
A ‘999’ call from a member of the public in Studland initiated the rescue of 3 people today. Swanage’s all weather lifeboat along with the volunteers from Swanage Coastguard were tasked to go to Studland Bay following the report of a small dinghy capsizing and 3 people possibly being in the water. The lifeboat launched and was in Studland Bay 8 minutes later. The upturned hull of the dinghy was spotted shortly after arrival along with some items of clothing. The only other vessel in Studland Bay at the time was a yacht at anchor a little distance inshore of the dinghy’s position. The people on board appeared to be waving so the lifeboat went alongside to see if they had further information. It quickly transpired that the 3 people on board were actually the people who had been in the dinghy and had been in the water for around 45 mins. They had managed to swim to the yacht (which wasn’t theirs), get on board and try to get out of the strong Westerly wind. Two crewmembers were put aboard the yacht to assess the casualties. They were all very very cold and required immediate evacuation. They were taken aboard the lifeboat and best speed was made to the ferry landing stage at the entrance to Poole Harbour. En route the casualties were dried off and put in to some dry clothing to help warm them up. They were then transferred to ambulances for further treatment. The lifeboat then returned to station via Studland to see if the dinghy could be located, sadly it couldn’t. At the same time the owner of the yacht had got in touch with the Coastguard to say that he was heading back out to sea to his yacht. The lifeboat escorted him out as conditions were still very windy and the casualties had said that they had tried but failed to get in to the yacht’s cabin in an effort to get somewhere warm. The yacht was checked for damage, which there was none, so the lifeboat was released to return to Swanage.
It’s a timely reminder that if you see someone in difficulties at sea dial ‘999’ and ask for the Coastguard. You could save someone’s life.
- Sea state:Moderate
- Launch time:16:51
- Recovery time:18:29
- Location:Studland Bay
(Coxn) Dave Turnbull
ALB Shore Crew:
(Winch) Paul Bedford
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