Latest launch information:3rd June 2019
Swanage’s all weather lifeboat was tasked for an immediate launch on Monday afternoon. A 10m yacht with 3 POB 6Nm East of Durlston Head had broadcast a ‘Mayday’. The yacht had an unexplained ingress of water and assistance was required. The Swanage volunteers were paged and the lifeboat launched 11 minutes later. A brand new Shannon class lifeboat (Lifeboat 13-33) from RNLI HQ in Poole was in the area carrying out sea trials, they had responded to the ‘Mayday’ call and arrived on scene 5 minutes before the Swanage crew did. They put a crew member aboard to investigate the water ingress and make sure that everyone was OK. It wasn’t immediately obvious what the problem was but water was coming in somewhere towards the bow of the yacht. Swanage lifeboat was now on scene so two Swanage crew members were put aboard and the crew member from Lifeboat 13-33 taken off so they could continue their trials. The yacht was then escorted back to Poole and the source of the leak investigated. With the yacht now upright and motoring rather than healed over and sailing the water ingress seemed to have reduced. The remaining water was bailed out and slow progress was made towards Poole. Once inside Poole Harbour the yacht’s crew were happy to finish their trip unaided as no more water was coming in so the two lifeboat crew were recovered from the yacht and the lifeboat returned to station.
- Sea state:Slight
- Launch time:13:40
- Recovery time:16:46
- Location:6Nm East of Durlston Head
(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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