Latest launch information:11th February 2020
Both Swanage lifeboats were tasked this morning to assist in a multi-agency search for a person believed to be missing in the Old Harry Rocks area. Dorset Police and volunteers from Swanage and St Albans Coastguard were already on scene and had requested lifeboat assistance to search the base of the cliffs and the surrounding area. The lifeboats were soon on scene and searching. The inshore lifeboat (ILB) concentrated on the base of the cliff whilst the all weather lifeboat (ALB) covered the area slightly further out to sea. Once this had been done the all weather lifeboat was given an area to search further out to sea and the ILB was asked to search round in to Studland Bay. Once the ILB had completed its search they were stood down and were back at station at 10:45. The ALB completed its search at just after 11:30 and with nothing found and no further information they were stood down to return to station. The land based search continued with extra Coastguard volunteers from Kimmeridge and Lulworth boosting numbers.
- Sea state:Slight
- Boat(s):Both Boats
- Launch time:08:51
- Recovery time:11:54
- Casualty:Missing person
- Location:Old Harry Rocks area
(Helm) Darren Tomes
ILB Shore Crew:
(Coxn) Gavin Steeden
ALB Shore Crew:
(Winch) Paul Bedford
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