Latest launch information:10th September 2020
The Swanage RNLI volunteers were woken by their pagers at 4am this morning. The UK Coastguard had requested the launch of the all weather lifeboat (ALB) to go to the assistance of a 12m yacht in difficulties 16Nm SSE of Swanage. The yacht had picked up a buoy and line around it’s prop and rudder and were no longer able to steer and make way. The lifeboat launched and made its way to the yacht at best speed. Once on scene the buoy line was clearly visible trailing behind the yacht. After a chat with the 2 POB a lifeboat crew member was transferred across to the yacht and the yacht taken in tow back to Swanage. Once safely back in Swanage Bay the yacht was secured to the RNLI mooring and the 2 crew taken ashore so they could find some breakfast. The lifeboat was then rehoused, washed down and made ready for service.
- Sea state:Slight
- Launch time:04:19
- Recovery time:08:51
- Location:16Nm SSE of Swanage
(Coxn) Dave Turnbull
ALB Shore Crew:
(Winch) Andy Redout
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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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