Latest launch information:26th July 2020
Initially Swanage’s inshore lifeboat (ILB) was tasked to assist a capsized cataraman sailing dinghy with 2 POB about 0.5Nm East of Old Harry Rocks. With the blustery offshore wind it was decided to launch the all weather lifeboat (ALB) as well to assist. However as the lifeboats were preparing to launch a report came in of a kayak in difficulties in Studland Bay. The ILB was first launch and was tasked to Studland Bay to assist the kayak, the ALB launched just after and was tasked to assist the capsized sailing dinghy. As the lifeboats proceeded towards their casualties information was coming across the radio that both situations were resolving themselves. The lifeboats continued with the ALB meeting its casualty first. The dinghy was now the right way up and although they had some damage to one of their sails they were making good progress towards Knoll Beach in Studland.The ALB escorted the dinghy until they were safely in Studland Bay. In the meantime the ILB had met up with the kayak that was in difficulties, they had been brought ashore by a local boat and were safe and well. The ILB then came out and took over the escort duties of the catamaran until they were safely ashore with the volunteers from Swanage Coastguard. With the ALB about to return to station a radio call from the RNLI Lifeguards on Swanage beach was overheard. They were reporting a paddleboarder that they were concerned about in Swanage Bay. The paddleboarder was making no progress against the brisk offshore wind and appeared to be struggling. The ALB was tasked to investigate on their way back to station. Eight minutes later the ALB was alongside the paddleboarder who was tired and emotional. She and her board were brought aboard the lifeboat and she was wrapped in a blanket to dry off as the lifeboat gently motored towards the shore. The ILB arrived alongside and took the casualty ashore to her waiting partner and Swanage Coastguard. With all the situations resolved the lifeboats were released to return to station.
- Sea state:Slight
- Boat(s):Both Boats
- Launch time:16:11
- Recovery time:17:14
- Location:Old Harry Rocks
(Helm) Gavin Steeden
ILB Shore Crew:
(Coxn) Dave Turnbull
ALB Shore Crew:
(Winch) Ben Jarvis
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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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