Latest launch information:20th May 2020
Swanage’s all weather lifeboat (ALB) was launched this morning when a small angling boat with 2 persons on board requested assistance using a mobile phone. Their outboard engine had failed, and they had anchored to stop themselves drifting rapidly west in a strong ebb tide. The lifeboat launched and was alongside the boat just a few minutes later. A tow was established and the 2 crew of the small boat remained on board while passage was made towards Poole, from where the boat had been launched. With regular exercises currently being suspended, the volunteer crew took the opportunity to test much of the boat’s equipment throughout the incident. At about 1.15pm the 15’ boat was placed alongside Poole Quay, where the occupants were able to wait safely for a replacement engine being brought by a friend. The lifeboat left the scene and returned to Swanage, arriving just after 2.00pm.
- Sea state:Smooth
- Launch time:11:21
- Recovery time:14:08
- Casualty:Motor boat
- Location:Durlston Bay
(Coxn) Gavin Steeden
ALB Shore Crew:
(Winch) Paul Bedford
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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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