Swanage lifeboats launch to six callouts in 4 days
After a quiet few weeks the volunteers at Swanage Lifeboat Station have seen their busiest few days of the year launching 6 times in less than 48 hours.
The Swanage lifeboats launched to: assist a yacht with a fowled propeller, recover a person from the water, rescue a yacht aground, search for a missing person at Old Harry Rocks, secure a broken down yacht close to the cliffs and recover a yacht drifting into Swanage Pier.
Lifeboat Coxswain Dave Turnbull said "We have had a busy few days attending an assortment of callouts coming during the days and nights. Although we expect to be busy this time of year having so many callouts over such short space of time is unusual."
Two of these calls came during the hours of darkness, with one call just after 2am followed by a call shortly after midnight the following morning.
The volunteer lifeboat crew have spent more than 10 hours at sea on the rescues over the last few days. Thankfully all vessels and casualties were safely recovered.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.