Latest launch information:6th September 2019
A ‘Mayday’ distress call from a 44’ yacht in the middle of the channel saw responses from several vessels, amongst them the Swanage lifeboat, The yacht was making water at an alarming rate and the 2 persons on board were considering the possibility of having to abandon ship. As well as the lifeboat, Coastguard rescue helicopter ‘Rescue 175’, the Barfleur and RFA Argus were all racing to the scene, nearly 30nm SSE from Anvil Point. Rescue 175 arrived first, shortly followed by the lifeboat and Argus’ fast rescue craft. The yacht’s crew had, however, managed to diagnose and fix the issue causing the water ingress and they were coping with clearing the boat. The lifeboat stood by the vessel until the casualties were certain they could continue their passage alone, then returned to station.
- Sea state:Moderate
- Launch time:10:20
- Recovery time:13:09
- Location:30nm SSE Anvil Point
(Coxn) Dave Turnbull
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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