Latest launch information:1st July 2020
Swanage’s all weather Shannon class lifeboat launched just before lunchtime today to assist 3 paddle boarders in difficulties 0.5Nm East of Old Harry Rocks. A member of the public spotted the paddle boarders who appeared to be struggling with the breezy conditions and were being swept out to sea by the outgoing tide. The member of the public called ‘999’ asked for the Coastguard and assistance was soon organised. The lifeboat crew were paged and the lifeboat launched a short time later. In the time it took the lifeboat to launch a small yacht had responded to the UK Coastguard’s radio call asking for vessels in the area to assist the paddleboarders. They had managed to pass them a rope but weren’t able to get them aboard. It did however give the lifeboat a bigger target to find and they were able to talk to the yacht to confirm their position, slightly further South than first thought. The lifeboat was quickly on scene and the 3 paddleboarders and their boards were recovered on to the lifeboat. All 3 were checked over, one was cold and tired but the others were OK. It was agreed to take the 3 back to Knoll Beach where they’d initially left from so the lifeboat made best speed to Studland Bay. Once in Studland Bay another paddleboarder was spotted who wasn’t making any headway towards the beach in the gusty offshore conditions. After a quick chat they were taken aboard the lifeboat too and were dropped 100m or so off Knoll Beach with the initial casualties. All 4 were met by the volunteers from Swanage Coastguard after a short paddle/walk ashore as it was too shallow for the lifeboat to get any closer. With the situation resolved the lifeboat was released to return to station.
- Sea state:Slight
- Launch time:11:38
- Recovery time:12:48
- Location:0.5nm East of Ballard Point
(Coxn) Dave Turnbull
ALB Shore Crew:
(Winch) Luke Kill
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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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