Latest launch information:14th April 2020
The volunteer crew of Swanage Lifeboat launched to a fishing vessel that was left helpless and drifting after getting tangled in gear 3.5nm northeast of Old Harry.
The volunteers gathered in the boatpark, to maintain social distancing, and the boat launched minutes after arriving.
The fishing vessel was quickly found. The two crew on board were happy to secure a tow and a line was passed to them. A tow towards Poole Harbour commenced and it was immediately apparent that the gear tangled with the fishing vessel was creating significant drag and made it difficult to control. Slow progress was made, in the end it took two and a half hours to arrive at Poole Quay. Poole Harbour Control found a space for the boat and at around 2.40pm the vessel was secured, with help from Poole Coastguard volunteers.
The lifeboat was then able to return to Swanage to be thoroughly washed down and made ready for further service.
- Sea state:Slight
- Launch time:12:36
- Recovery time:16:27
- Casualty:Commercial Vessel
- Location:3.5nm NE Old Harry
(Coxn) Gavin Steeden
ALB Shore Crew:
(Winch) Robert 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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