Latest launch information:20th September 2019
Swanage’s Shannon class all weather lifeboat was requested to launch this afternoon when a 28’ yacht contacted the UK Coastguard requesting assistance. The yacht had suffered damage to its sails, was unable to make headway with its engine in the rough seas and one of the two people onboard was suffering quite badly with seasickness. The lifeboat launched and located the yacht about 1Nm SE of Ballard Point. Two lifeboat crewmembers were transferred across on to the yacht to assess the casualties and rig a tow. Once the 2 POB were checked over the towline was passed across and the slow tow in to the calmer waters of Poole Harbour commenced. The yacht was finally moored alongside at Poole Quay boat haven at 18:45 and the volunteers were released to return to station. After a bumpy trip back to Swanage the lifeboat was successfully recovered on to its slipway, washed down, refueled and made ready for service.
- Sea state:Moderate
- Launch time:17:01
- Recovery time:19:42
- Location:1Nm SE of Ballard Point
(Coxn) Gavin Steeden
ALB Shore Crew:
(Winch) John Deas
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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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