Latest launch information:9th May 2019
Swanage’s Shannon class all weather lifeboat was launched this morning to assist a 25’ yacht with one POB on passage from Swanage to Weymouth. The yacht’s tiller had snapped and the skipper was struggling to make way in the blustery conditions about 3Nm South of Kimmeridge. One of the safety boat’s from the Lulworth firing range was standing by the yacht but a tow to a place of safety was needed. The lifeboat launched and was alongside the casualty vessel a little over 20 minutes later. A crew member was put aboard to help get the sails down. Once this was done the towline was passed across. A steady tow back to Swanage was commenced at 10:20 and both boats were back in Swanage just over an hour later. The yacht was then secured to the lifeboat mooring and the skipper brought ashore so he could see about getting the broken tiller repaired.
- Sea state:Moderate
- Launch time:09:41
- Recovery time:12:02
- Location:3Nm South of Kimmeridge
(Coxn) Dave Turnbull
ALB Shore Crew:
(Winch) Paul Bedford
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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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