Latest launch information:27th August 2019
A small boat, floating un-manned off St Albans Head, was reported to the UK Coastguard this afternoon. The Swanage D-Class Inshore Lifeboat was launched to investigate, in case someone was in distress. The lifeboat launched just less than ten minutes after the volunteer crew were alerted and the boat made good speed to the incident in the benign conditions. On arrival it was discovered that the occupant of the boat, which was anchored, was a free-diver spear hunting for fish and not in distress. This was reported back to the UK Coastguard and the lifeboat returned to station, arriving some 45 minutes after launching.
- Sea state:Slight
- Boat(s):D Class
- Launch time:14:46
- Recovery time:15:30
- Casualty:Motor boat
- Location:St Albans Head
(Helm) Becky Mack
(Winch) Sam Aggas
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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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