Latest launch information:21st August 2020
The Swanage volunteers were woken from their beds in the early hours this morning. They were requested to launch the all weather lifeboat (ALB) to assist in a search for people potentially missing from a RIB in Christchurch Bay. The RIB had been found in the surf line and it wasn’t clear if there had been anyone aboard. Mudeford lifeboat was already on scene and had been searching for 2 hours along with Coastguard teams from Southbourne and Lymington. Yarmouth lifeboat was also launching and the Coastguard Helicopter was on scene too. The Swanage volunteers launched and made their way to the search area arriving on scene 40 minutes later. Crew with searchlights were positioned on deck and the search started. After two legs of the search more information was coming in over the radio and it was becoming increasingly likely that the boat had broken its mooring rather than someone had fallen overboard from it. With this new information all units were released and the Swanage crew were back on their slipway at 06:15. The boat was then washed down, refuelled and made ready for service.
- Sea state:Moderate
- Launch time:03:39
- Recovery time:06:22
- Casualty:Motor boat
- Location:Christchurch Bay
(Coxn) Dave Turnbull
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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