Latest launch information:25th August 2019
A hot sunny day in Swanage can be deceptive. When the lifeboat launched to assist a 31’ angling boat stuck on a marker buoy near to St Albans head it encountered thick fog at Durlston Head with visibility down to 100m.
The casualty boat, ‘the Lady Jean’, was found quickly using direction finding equipment and cut loose from the marker. The lifeboat took the boat, with a volunteer crew aboard, in tow back towards Swanage.
On the way back the vessel’s steering and prop shaft were checked to see if there was any damage, but none was detected.
Back at the lifeboat mooring in Swanage Bay the casualty’s engine was checked, propulsion ahead and astern were both OK. The skipper was happy to continue her passage back to Poole so the lifeboat was re-housed at 12.48pm.
- Sea state:Smooth
- Launch time:11:17
- Recovery time:12:48
- Casualty:Motor boat
- Location:St Albans Head
(Coxn) Robert Aggas
ALB Shore Crew:
(Winch) Paul Bedford
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