Swanage inshore lifeboat launches to a snappy rescue

Lifeguards News Release

UK HM Coastguard received a call for concern regarding a small inflatable drifting some way offshore east of Peveril Ledge.

Although reports did not indicate that anyone was with the inflatable, the Swanage inshore lifeboat (ILB) was launched to check the situation to ensure there was no casualty struggling in the water and to recover the object to prevent further calls.

The ILB launched and contacted Swanage National Coastwatch (NCI) volunteers who were able to provided details of the small object that they had sighted and had continued to observe.

At just before 3pm the ILB located an inflatable crocodile which was recovered from a position approximately 2 nautical miles east of Peveril Ledge. No-one was found to be associated with the inflatable and the ILB returned to station.

Back on our slipway, just a few minutes later, a young visitor to the station became the proud owner of a small, bright green, inflatable crocodile.

Helmsman Gavin Steeden said 'With the great weather we have had lots of people are enjoying time on the beach, but it is important to remember to consider the conditions when using an inflatable to ensure users always stay close to the shore and do not go out of their depth'.

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