Latest launch information:25th August 2020
Multiple 999 calls from people on Knoll beach, Studland, reported two paddleboards drifting out to sea in strong off-shore winds. Some reports gave two people on the boards, others reported that three were in need of help. The Swanage all-weather lifeboat (ALB) was launched and headed into a building sea. At the same time as the ALB crossed Swanage Bay the UK Coastguard reported that a training lifeboat ‘13-04’ was in the area and was beginning a search for the paddleboards. The Swanage volunteer coastguards were also en-route.
Lifeboat 13-04 was searching between Studland and the Training Bank, so the ALB headed further north-east. As the ALB closed the Training Bank lifeboat 13-04 reported having found and recovered both paddleboards and three persons from the water. The casualties were cold but otherwise unharmed and were taken on board the ALB for a trip back to Swanage where they were met by the Swanage coastguards. For a change, the lifeboat was not washed down and made ready for further service because, no sooner had the casualties been dropped off into the boathouse, another tasking was received which would send the volunteer crew 20nm offshore…
- Sea state:Moderate
- Launch time:15:26
- Recovery time:16:23
- Location:Studland Bay
(Coxn) Gavin Steeden
ALB Shore Crew:
(Winch) Paul Bedford
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