Latest launch information:30th May 2021
The Swanage RNLI volunteers had an early start this morning when their pagers rang out at 06:32 for a launch of the D-Class inshore lifeboat (ILB). A yacht had gone aground on the main beach, Swanage and had requested assistance. The ILB launched and was soon alongside the yacht. It turned out that the yacht had broken free from a mooring and drifted ashore with the Easterly wind waking the people on board as they went aground. The yacht was also partly tangled in the buoy line that marks the designated bathing area so that had to be cleared first. Once that was done a towline was passed across and the yacht gentled towed out in to deeper water. The skipper then went below to check for damage and any signs of water ingress. The skipper reported back that all was well so the towline was released and the yacht set sail for Cowes. The ILB crew were then stood down to return to station where the boat was recovered, washed down and made ready for service.
- Sea state:Slight
- Boat(s):D Class
- Launch time:06:44
- Recovery time:07:41
- Location:Main Beach, Swanage
(Helm) Matthew Steeden
ILB Shore Crew:
(Winch) Gary Buglass
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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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