Latest launch information:20th August 2020
Swanage’s D-Class inshore lifeboat (ILB) was tasked this morning following a report of 2 kayakers that appeared to be stuck on the rocks near Ballard Point. A passing boat had called Solent Coastguard to raise the alarm. Solent CG had initially tasked the volunteers from Swanage Coastguard to investigate but as they were unable to access the area they requested that the Swanage RNLI volunteers were paged too. The ILB was launched with 4 crew aboard and made their way across Swanage Bay to assess the situation. Once on scene the crew decided to anchor the ILB and veer down to a point where a crew member could swim ashore. There was quite a large swell running and veering down would help keep the boat steady and bow to the waves. Once in position a swimmer with a throw bag was deployed and he was able to swim ashore safely and have a chat with the two kayakers. They were both OK but getting cold as they had been in the water a couple of times and had been washed ashore on to the rocks. A plan was formulated and one at a time the kaykers were fitted with lifejackets and swum out to the waiting ILB. Their kayaks were also pulled off the rocks and towed out to sea. The ILB then recovered its anchor and returned to the lifeboat station. On arrival one of the kayakers was treated for a cut foot that he sustained getting off the rocks, the other was offered a shower to warm up. With the situation resolved the ILB was recovered, refueled, washed down, sanitised and made ready for service.
- Sea state:Moderate
- Boat(s):D Class
- Launch time:11:58
- Recovery time:13:16
- Location:Ballard Down
(Helm) Tom Greasty
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