Latest launch information:8th January 2021
The first incident of the year began when the UK Coastguard received a partially garbled message from a 406mHz distress beacon. The position given in the message was about 5nm ESE from Swanage, so the Shannon class all-weather lifeboat was tasked to investigate.
The lifeboat and volunteer crew arrived at the location and nothing was visible, although frequent, weak, signals were heard on 121.5kHz – another frequency used by distress beacons.
The lifeboat began an ‘expanding square’ search pattern and was joined in the search by Coastguard Rescue Helicopter ‘R-175’. After an hour of searching, and with no signal received that was strong enough for direction-finding equipment to lock onto, the UK Coastguard were happy to stand down both the aircraft and lifeboat.
The lifeboat returned to its slipway at 12.44pm to be washed down, sanitised and re-fuelled.
- Sea state:Slight
- Launch time:10:59
- Recovery time:12:44
- Location:5nm ESE Peveril Ledge
(Coxn) Dave Turnbull
ALB Shore Crew:
(Winch) Luke Kill
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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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