Latest launch information:18th July 2020
The inshore lifeboat (ILB) was launched after the Swanage Coastwatch volunteers reported a capsized dinghy with 1 person on board struggling off Peveril point. The ILB was quickly on scene and the dinghy’s occupant was taken ashore by a passing boat, leaving the dinghy to be righted and towed ashore. At this point a further call was received asking the ILB to attend a motorboat with 5 persons on boat in difficulties off Ballard Point. The ILB left the dinghy and proceeded north while the all-weather lifeboat (ALB) was launched to the same incident. At Ballard point the 5 occupants were taken to the ALB before the ILB returned to the still capsized dinghy. The dinghy was righted and towed back to Buck Shore where it was re-united with its owner . All 6 people by now were safely ashore and the ILB returned to station.
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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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