Latest launch information:3rd July 2019
As the Swanage volunteers were about to head to the lifeboat station for their routine Weds night training their pagers sounded. Solent Coastguard had requested the launch of the Shannon class all weather lifeboat to investigate reports of a distress beacon signal and some debris approx 30Nm South of Swanage. The Coastguard helicopter from Lee-on-Solent was also being tasked to assist. The lifeboat launched, a course was plotted to the position given by the Coastguard and the crew settled in for the 70 minute trip to the scene. Once on scene a search was commenced both visual and using the lifeboat’s radio direction finder. After 40 minutes of searching nothing was found. The Coastguard helicopter had finished its search also with nothing found. With this in mind the Coastguard were happy to stand both units down pending further information. At this time the source of the initial beacon signal remains unknown. The lifeboat was back in Swanage Bay shortly after 9pm, it was recovered, washed down, refueled and made ready for service.
- Sea state:Slight
- Launch time:18:12
- Recovery time:21:15
- Location:30Nm South of Swanage
(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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