Latest launch information:8th July 2019
The busy spell for the Swanage volunteers continued today with a call for the all weather lifeboat. The UK Coastguard had received a faint radio message from a 22’ yacht in difficulties. The yacht’s exact position and the nature of their problem was uncertain but they were requesting assistance. The lifeboat launched and a course plotted to the St Albans Head area where the casualty was thought to be. As the lifeboat approached the area the volunteers from St Albans Head Coastwatch had been able to identify the yacht and an accurate position was passed to the lifeboat. Once on scene a crew member was transferred on to the yacht to investigate the problem and check what assistance was required. It turned out that the yacht had suffered rigging failure and that combined with engine issues meant that the skipper was struggling to make way. The yacht was taken in tow back to Poole Harbour where it had set off from earlier in the day. As the lifeboat approached Poole harbour Poole lifeboat had become free from a previous tasking and they were requested to take over the tow. They kindly agreed and the tow was handed over just outside the harbour. The Swanage crew were then free to return to station.
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- Sea state:Slight
- Launch time:14:23
- Recovery time:16:38
- Location:St Albans Head area
(Coxn) Dave Turnbull
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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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