Swanage inshore lifeboat crew assist two struggling in strong tide
Swanage RNLI inshore lifeboat rescued two people yesterday (12 Sept) who were becoming increasingly tired as they were out in a fast flowing tide off Peveril Ledge, Swanage.
Observed by the volunteers at Swanage Coastwatch, the alarm was raised as they watched the pair become tired and making no headway in the strong tidal conditions.
The Swanage inshore lifeboat launched and was quickly on scene and although generally both well, required assistance in getting back to shore.
Both were taken onboard the inshore lifeboat along with their kayak and paddle board and taken back to the lifeboat station so they could warm up.
Tom Greasty, helm of the inshore lifeboat said: ‘The tidal flow can be dangerous off Peveril and we are pleased they were spotted. If you see anybody in danger please dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.’
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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.