Latest launch information:17th October 2018
When the Ocean Youth Trust yacht ‘Prolific’ prepared to anchor in Swanage Bay they came across a surface marker buoy (SMB) of the type typically used by divers. Not knowing whether there was an associated diver with the SMB, Prolific alerted the UK Coastguard.
In turn, the UK Coastguard requested the Swanage Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) to locate the SMB and assess the situation. The ILB launched and quickly located the SMB, close to Prolific. Nothing was attached to the buoy apart from a reel and line, so a brief search was carried out in the vicinity while Swanage Coastguard volunteers prepared to check the immediate coastline.
Enquiries soon suggested that the buoy has been in the area for a considerable time, the ILB was asked to retrieve it before returning to station. The volunteer crew were back on the ILB slipway at 1640hrs.
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