Swanage lifeboats launch to stranded walker

Lifeguards News Release

Both of Swanage’s Lifeboats were tasked to a report of a person potentially cut off by the tide to the East of Clavell Tower, Kimmeridge.

Swanage Lifeboat observed from the shore

RNLI/Andy Lyons

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The person had been spotted by a member of the public walking the coast path. They were concerned that they would not be able to walk out from their location with the incoming tide. The lifeboats launched with the all-weather lifeboat arriving on scene first.

A quick shoreline search was carried out while the volunteers from Kimmeridge HM Coastguard located and spoke to the first informant. As they were starting their shoreline search they found a person who said that they been cut off by the tide but they had managed to swim round the headland to safety. This person was confirmed to be the person observed by the first informant.

With the situation resolved all units were released to return to station and the volunteer lifeboat crew were able to continue with their training evening.

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