Latest launch information:17th November 2021
The Swanage lifeboat volunteers were afloat for their regular Weds night training when they received a call from the UK Coastguard requesting assistance. The Coastguard had picked a signal from a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) thought to be in the Poole Bay/Harbour area and requested that the lifeboat carried out a visual and radio direction finder search from Old Harry Rocks towards the entrance to Poole Harbour. As well as alerting the Coastguard PLBs also transmit an audio signal on a specific radio frequency which can be tracked by lifeboats and CG Helicopters. As the lifeboat got closer to Poole Harbour a very feint signal was detected although it wasn’t able to be reliably tracked at that point. In the background the Coastguard had found the name of the vessel that the PLB was registered to and tasked Poole ILB to see if the boat was on it’s berth near Poole Quay. The boat was there and the skipper was contacted. He confirmed that he was safely ashore but that his son may have borrowed his lifejacket and PLB to go fishing. Once it was confirmed that everyone was safe and well and that the PLB had been activated accidentally the lifeboats were released to continue with their training.
- Sea state:Smooth
- Launch time:19:15
- Recovery time:19:50
- Location:Poole Harbour area
(Coxn) Tom Greasty
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