Swanage lifeboats launch to six callouts in 4 days

Lifeboats News Release

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.

Swanage lifeboat crew members throws heaving line to stricken vessel to secure a tow


Swanage lifeboat crew members throws heaving line to stricken vessel

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.

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