Late night swimmer rescued by Weymouth RNLI
Weymouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was launched at 10.35pm on Saturday 31st August to reports from Solent Coastguard of a female who had been seen to enter the water from the pleasure pier, and proceeded to swim directly out into the bay.
The volunteer crew of the Weymouth Inshore lifeboat began a search as soon they left the harbour, searching the area around the pleasure pier and setting off illuminates to cover a wide search area.
Due to probable search location the volunteer crew requested the all-weather lifeboat was also be tasked to launch to cover a greater area.
At this point, cries for help from towards the Bowleaze Cove area were heard both from the Pleasure Pier, and Stone Pier.
Both the lifeboats proceeded to head towards the apparent search location, where shortly afterwards they located the casualty, approximately 500 meters from the pier. The casualty was then assisted onto the Inshore lifeboat and checked over, before being transported back to the pier to the awaiting ambulance.
The lifeboats then returned to their berths at approx. 11.15pm and were made ready for the next shout.
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, in a normal year, 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.