Latest launch information:9th November 2019
A quiet few weeks for the volunteer crews of the Swanage lifeboats came to an end on Saturday afternoon when the Shannon class all-weather lifeboat was asked to assist an 18m ketch suffering engine failure on passage from Alderney to Poole. The yacht was in no immediate danger and was proceeding under sail, but the size of the vessel and the direction and strength of the wind was going to make it very difficult for the four crew to get the boat safely into their destination, the Port of Poole marina, The lifeboat launched into a stiff breeze and a choppy sea and was alongside the ‘Dark Island’ shortly after 3.30pm, The casualty was making good progress so was escorted to the start of the Swash channel where a lifeboat crew was placed on board and a tow established for the last stage of the passage. ‘Dark Island’ was taken to the Port of Poole and made secure alongside, then the lifeboat was released to return to Swanage, where she was ready for further service a little after 6pm
- Sea state:Moderate
- Launch time:15:21
- Recovery time:18:11
- Location:5nm SW Peveril Point
(Coxn) Gavin Steeden
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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