Latest launch information:2nd May 2019
Swanage’s all weather lifeboat was requested to launch this evening to assist a 10m yacht in difficulties 5Nm SW of St Albans Head. The yacht with 3 people and a dog on board was drifting after both its engine and main sail rigging failed. The yacht had been drifting for most of the afternoon and with the light about to fade and no other vessels able to offer assistance the lifeboat was requested to help. The lifeboat launched and was alongside the yacht 25 minutes later. Two crew members were put aboard and a towline passed across. The yacht was then taken in tow back to Swanage and secured to the lifeboat mooring so they could try and make some repairs in the morning. The lifeboat was then rehoused, washed down, refueled and made ready for service.
- Sea state:Slight
- Launch time:19:33
- Recovery time:21:37
- Location:5Nm SW of St Albans Hd
(Coxn) Dave Turnbull
ALB Shore Crew:
(Winch) Paul Bedford
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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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