Latest launch information:8th August 2021
The third shout in 24 hours for the Swanage RNLI volunteers saw the all weather lifeboat heading back out to sea again. The UK Coastguard had picked up the signal from an EPIRB about 10Nm SE of Swanage. The Coastguard were unable to make contact with the boat that the beacon was registered to so the lifeboat was requested to head to the beacon at best speed and investigate. A couple of other vessels were also in the area including the cruise ship ‘Disney Magic’, they were also asked to head to the beacon’s position. On the way to the scene the lifeboat used its radio direction finding equipment to home in on the EPIRB’s signal. About 5Nm away from the last known position the lifeboat picked up the beacon’s signal which in turn gave an updated position. The lifeboat’s course was adjusted and with the help of ‘Disney Magic’ the beacon was located. The updated position was relayed back to the Coastguard and they in turn passed the lifeboat some initial search instructions using the beacon as a drifting reference point. As preparations for the search were made on board, the UK Coastguard reported that they had now been able to contact the yacht, a Volvo 70 Fastnet Race contender, who were able to confirm that they had lost the EPIRB when they had sustained some earlier damage. The crew of 19 were all well but the yacht had retired from the race. The EPIRB was recovered by the lifeboat, sheltered in the lee of the ‘Disney Magic’, and returned to station to conclude the third of 3 services spanning almost the full 24hrs
- Sea state:Moderate
- Launch time:22:13
- Recovery time:00:02
- Location:10Nm SE of Swanage
(Coxn) Dave Turnbull
ALB Shore Crew:
(Winch) Gary Buglass
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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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