Latest launch information:23rd August 2020
A ‘Mayday’ distress call from a local dive boat stating that two divers were overdue and missing from a drift dive that began near Old Harry was received by the UK coastguard on Sunday evening.
The volunteer crew members of Swanage lifeboat were paged and both lifeboats launched to help in the search effort. The all-weather lifeboat was tasked to begin an ’expanding square’ search starting from a position close to Swanage Bay. Meanwhile, with a strong ebb tide flowing, the inshore lifeboat made its way towards Durlston Head, where two local boats were also searching and a call from a member of the public had reported seeing the divers.
Shortly afterwards, one of the local boats found both divers safe and well and recovered them from the water more than 4 miles from where they had begun their dive. After confirming the identity of the divers, and that no further assistance was needed, both lifeboats were able to return to station.
- Sea state:Moderate
- Boat(s):Both Boats
- Launch time:18:30
- Recovery time:18:59
- Casualty:Diver/Dive boat
- Location:Drift, between Old Harry and Durlston Head
(Helm) Dan Lander
(Coxn) Gavin Steeden
ALB Shore Crew:
(Winch) Luke Kill
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