Both Swanage lifeboats tasked to assist in multi-agency response to cliff fire.

Lifeboats News Release

Both Swanage lifeboats tasked to assist in multi-agency response to a fire on the cliffs on Ballard Down. Requested to search for possible person on cliffs, provide safety cover and report state of fire to fire command.

Both Swanage RNLI lifeboats were launched this on Tuesday evening, 7 August, to assist in a multi-agency response to a fire on the cliffs at Ballard Down directly opposite the lifeboat station. The inshore lifeboat launched first to move a boat away from the base of the cliff and also to put crew members ashore to search the cliff base for people and to stop people coming along the foreshore to watch. The all-weather lifeboat launched a little later to provide extra illumination to search the cliff face for a possible trapped person as the source of the fire was unknown. The lifeboats stayed on scene reporting the state of the fire back to the fire commander on the cliff top. Once the fire had burnt itself out the lifeboats were released to return to station.

RNLI/Dave Turnbull

RNLI/Dave Turnbull

RNLI/Dave Turnbull

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