Latest launch information:27th August 2020
The thirteenth incident of August saw the Swanage all-weather lifeboat (ALB), operational number ’13-13’, launch once again and head towards St Albans Head. A small yacht had been caught in a nasty squall that had ripped her foresail and the single-handed occupant was struggling in the conditions.
At St Albans Head the ALBs direction-finding (DF) VHF equipment was used to locate the yacht, although communications were patchy and difficult to understand. Just before 4.30pm the ALB was alongside the yacht.
A volunteer crewmember was placed aboard to establish a tow and the two boats headed back towards Swanage against a building ebb tide. A little after 6.30pm the yacht was secured against the pontoon adjacent to the pier and the lifeboat was rehoused, washed down and re-fuelled.
- Sea state:Rough
- Launch time:15:56
- Recovery time:18:38
- Location:SW of St Albans Head
(Coxn) Gavin Steeden
ALB Shore Crew:
(Winch) Paul Bedford
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