Latest launch information:30th August 2020
Swanage’s D-class inshore lifeboat (ILB) was able to help a yacht with 2 persons on board this afternoon. The yacht had reported having dragged its anchor into a position where it was both caught on a buoy and was very close to a large unmanned powerboat in Studland Bay. The crew of the yacht were concerned that if they managed to free themselves, they would then collide with the powerboat. The ILB made contact with the casualty yacht and positioned themselves to be able to tow it quickly if necessary. Various attempts were made to free the yacht, helped by a passing member of the public, which were eventually successful. The lifeboat held the yacht in position while its anchor was recovered. The tow was dropped, as the yacht appeared to have power and steerage, and the ILB began escorting it towards Poole Harbour. Unfortunately, as the vessels approached the harbour entrance, the yacht began to lose power and the tow was re-established. Slow progress was made towards Poole Quay in the busy main channel, but at around 5.00pm the ILB was met by Poole’s D-class ILB to hand over the casualty and complete the tow. Now free, the ILB and its volunteer crew made good speed back to Swanage where they re-housed at 5.25pm
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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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