Latest launch information:30th May 2019
In the early hours of the morning, shortly after 2.30am, Swanage all-weather lifeboat George Thomas Lacy was tasked to reports of a yacht aground near St Alban’s Head.
UK Coastguard had received a report of an individual making land having abandoned their yacht. The casualty was taken to hospital and as details obtained from the casualty were limited a search ensued to locate the yacht and check for any further casualties.
St Alban’s Coastguard and Swanage Coastguard located a yacht aground off the rocky coast just to the west of St Alban’s Head. The all-weather lifeboat arrived on scene to assess access to the stricken vessel. It soon became apparent that the yacht was stuck hard on the rocks but was too shallow for the all-weather lifeboat to gain access. The Swanage inshore lifeboat Phyl & Jack was launched to join the Swanage all-weather lifeboat to put a volunteer crew member aboard to check for any casualties onboard.
Due to rough conditions on scene the inshore lifeboat used its anchor line to veer down on the casualty vessel, putting a volunteer crew member aboard to check for any casualties and assess for damage.
Inshore lifeboat helmsman Gavin Steeden said ‘the conditions were challenging with a rolling swelling creating breaking waves around the stranded yacht. By veering to the casualty vessel we were able to check for submerged rocks and position the inshore lifeboat alongside to safely put a crew member onboard’.
No one was found onboard. With no risk to life and as the hull of the yacht was significantly damaged the yacht was left in position.
A shoreline search of the surrounding area was commenced by both lifeboats and the local Coastguard teams from St Alban’s and Swanage. With nothing found the lifeboats were released to return to the station, returning shortly after 6.30am.
Photo credit: Swanage Coastguard
- Sea state:Moderate
- Boat(s):Both Boats
- Launch time:02:47
- Recovery time:06:30
- Location:St Albans Head
(Helm) Gavin Steeden
ILB Shore Crew:
(Coxn) Dave Turnbull
ALB Shore Crew:
(Winch) Andy Redout
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