Latest launch information:1st August 2020
The volunteers from Swanage coastguard were located at Old Harry, the location of yesterday’s incident, when they saw 3 kayaks to the north of Old Harry seemingly struggling to make headway against the fresh breeze. The coastguard monitored the kayaks for a while and it became clear that they were drifting with the wind and not making any progress towards Studland, so the assistance of Swanage inshore lifeboat (ILB) was requested. The D class lifeboat launched and headed towards Old Harry. Communications were established with the Swanage Coastguard, who directed the ILB to the kayakers who were now nearly 2nm north of Old Harry. When the ILB made contact with the kayakers they were taken on board. A passing motorboat offered to take the kayaks back to Studland and the two boats then headed for Knoll Beach to be met by the Swanage Coastguards Now that the situation was resolved the lifeboat was able to return to Swanage, arriving a little after 6.00 pm to again be washed, re-fuelled and made ready for further service
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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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