Latest launch information:6th July 2020
Swanage’s all weather lifeboat was tasked this afternoon to locate and assist an 18’ speedboat with engine failure that was drifting with the tide. The 3 crew on board had called ‘999’ and asked for the Coastguard but their call kept dropping out. Unsure of the boat’s exact position the lifeboat launched and was asked to proceed to a position 1Nm East of Old Harry Rocks. Once on scene a quick scan of the area was carried out but no vessel matching the description could be seen. A short burst of radio traffic from the casualty vessel was detected by the Coastguard’s aerial at St Albans Head, this along with a better fix on their mobile phone put their position much further West down towards St Albans Head. The lifeboat proceeded at best speed and soon found the stricken boat. After checking that everyone was OK the boat was taken in tow back to Swanage, secured to the jetty at the boatpark and the 3 crew were met by the volunteers from Swanage Coastguard. With the situation resolved the lifeboat was recovered up its slipway and made ready for service.
- Sea state:Slight
- Launch time:16:59
- Recovery time:18:45
- Casualty:Motor boat
- Location:St Albans Head
(Coxn) Tom Greasty
ALB Shore Crew:
(Winch) 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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