Latest launch information:27th May 2019
Swanage’s all weather lifeboat was requested to launch this afternoon when a 35’ yacht radioed the UK Coastguard for assistance. The yacht’s genoa (a sail at the bow of the boat) had jammed and the couple on board were unable to control their boat well enough to recover it safely. They reported their position as 2Nm East of Old Harry Rocks and heading down wind at around 070degs. The lifeboat launched at met up with the yacht. Two crew members were put aboard to assess the situation. The yacht was brought round in to the wind which took the pressure off the sail allowing the crew members to cut the jammed rope and stow the sail. With the situation now resolved the skipper was happy to continue on his passage to Poole so the lifeboat crew members were taken back aboard the lifeboat and returned to station.
- Sea state:Slight
- Launch time:15:01
- Recovery time:15:53
- Location:2Nm East of Old Harry
(Coxn) Dave Turnbull
ALB Shore Crew:
(Winch) Andy Redout
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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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