Latest launch information:2nd September 2019
The busy spell for the Swanage volunteers continued today as the all weather lifeboat was tasked to assist a 32 yacht in difficulties 2Nm South of St Albans Head. The yacht was on passage to Studland but had been pushed further out to sea than planned by the Navy firing south of Lulworth. They encountered rough water off St Albans Head and weren’t making any progress against the strong ebb tide. With both the people on board tired and suffering from sea sickness they requested assistance. The lifeboat launched and was alongside the casualty a little over 15 minutes later. A crew member was put aboard to assess the condition of the 2 people on board and to rig a towline. Once the tow was established slow progress was made back to Swanage where the yacht was secured to the RNLI mooring so the crew could rest overnight before continuing their journey. The lifeboat was the rehoused and made ready for service.
- Sea state:Moderate
- Launch time:16:34
- Recovery time:19:32
- Location:2Nm South of St Albans Head
(Coxn) Gavin Steeden
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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