Latest launch information:29th July 2021
As the Swanage volunteers were returning from the previous shout, relaxing after a tense search with a very positive result, a call came in from the UK coastguard asking for both boats to return to Studland. In a similar sounding incident the boats were asked to locate and assist two paddleboards with 3 person on them, including a child, reported to have drifted offshore from Studland’s north beach. The report suggested that the two boards had drifted significantly and, with the recent experience of hunting for a lone paddleboard in mind, both boats turned hard and made best speed back towards and around Old Harry. This time the inshore lifeboat (ILB) began searching northwards from middle beach towards the chain ferry, while the all-weather lifeboat (ALB) stepped just outside the training bank to search an area further northeast. As these searches got underway the UK coastguard were informed that the two boards had made it safely ashore by themselves and both boats could, for the second time, return to Swanage. This time the boats and their crews made it back to the boathouse where they were re-fuelled and washed down and the volunteers able to return to whatever had been interrupted when the first call had been made.
- Sea state:Moderate
- Boat(s):Both Boats
- Launch time:15:43
- Recovery time:16:22
(Helm) Darren Tomes
ILB Shore Crew:
(Winch) Andy Redout
(Coxn) Gavin Steeden
ALB 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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