Latest launch information:21st September 2020
Not much more than 12 hours after the previous dramatic rescue, the Swanage all-weather Shannon class lifeboat (ALB) was called again – in what transpired to be a related incident. A passing boat had reported coming across a partially submerged yacht and the Swanage volunteers were tasked to investigate, at a position roughly 5nm south of Hengistbury Head. The vessel was found drifting quite rapidly back towards Swanage, only about 18” of the bow was above the water. The suspicion was that this vessel was the fishing boat from this morning’s incident, which was now a significant hazard to shipping. The volunteer crew managed to get a towline attached and attempted a slow tow – this was successful and much more of the vessel became visible allowing a positive identification to eventually be made. Various options were then discussed, and a plan made to attempt to hand the vessel over to a barge from Poole Harbour. A rendezvous was plotted close to Hook Sands in shallow water and several attempts were made by the barge to connect to the stricken fishing boat and crane it clear of the water. This was eventually successful and the full extent of the damage to the boat became clear. The hazard to shipping now clear and the risk of pollution minimised allowed the UK coastguard to release the lifeboat and it returned to station.
- Sea state:Slight
- Launch time:16:10
- Recovery time:21:43
- Casualty:Commercial Vessel
- Location:5nm SW Hengistbury Head
(Coxn) Dave Turnbull
ALB Shore Crew:
(Winch) Paul Bedford
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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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