Latest launch information:12th November 2018
The UK Coastguard asked for the Swanage Lifeboat to launch to investigate a small, drifting, dinghy reported by a passing vessel. The dinghy may have shown signs of being occupied and could be a hazard to other traffic in the area. The lifeboat launched and headed to the reported position, 4nm NE of Peveril Ledge, knowing that the dinghy would have drifted from that position since the report in the south-westerly wind.
A possible new position for the dinghy was plotted using tidal information and leeway data and the lifeboat proceeded to this location, more than a mile further on. An ‘Expanding Square’ search pattern was executed in moderate seas and the dinghy was found on the third leg of the search.
The small craft showed signs of having been washed to sea in the recent high tide, so was towed back to Swanage. The lifeboat was washed down and re-fuelled and was ready for further service at 1320hrs.
- Sea state:Moderate
- Launch time:11:18
- Recovery time:13:20
- Location:4nm NE Peveril Ledge
(Coxn) Dave Turnbull
ALB Shore Crew:
(Winch) Paul Bedford
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