Latest launch information:16th August 2020
Both lifeboats were called into service today, on the final day of ‘virtual’ lifeboat week 2020. The volunteer crews launched both the Inshore lifeboat (ILB) and all-weather lifeboat (ALB) to assist other agencies in a search for a missing person, believed to be in the Purbeck area.
The boats were tasked with searching the coastline between Swanage, around Old Harry and Studland, through to Poole Harbour entrance. The D class ILB searched close inshore and the Shannon class ALB stood further offshore as they searched in tandem.
As the boats were making a second pass of the coast back towards Swanage, the volunteers from Swanage Coastguard reporting finding belongings possibly related to the missing person. A concentrated search was undertaken of that shoreline area and a casualty was spotted. Two crewmembers were placed ashore and further equipment was requested. Paramedics, by this time, had arrived in Swanage and were transported to the scene. The casualty was made ready for transfer by ILB back to the boathouse and a waiting ambulance and then both boats were able to re-house before being made ready for further service a little before 6.00pm. Our thoughts are with the casualty’s family and friends at this time.
- Sea state:Smooth
- Boat(s):Both Boats
- Launch time:13:43
- Recovery time:17:45
- Casualty:Missing person
(Helm) John Deas
ILB Shore Crew:
(Coxn) Robert Aggas
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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