Both Weymouth RNLI lifeboats launched to swimmer in difficulties
Sunday 26th July 2020 at 12.04 pm. Solent Coastguard requested that Weymouth RNLI Inshore lifeboat be launched to go to the aid of swimmer reported to be in difficulties near to Stair Hole.
Following a discussion held between the Lifeboat station Coxswain and Deputy Launching Authority it was decided between them, that given that the weather forecast was for South Westerly force 4/5 winds, it would be prudent to send the All-Weather lifeboat as well.
The inshore lifeboat launched at 12.15pm with the All-Weather lifeboat shortly after at 12.24pm.
The Inshore lifeboat was on scene at 12.36pm and the All-Weather at 12.45pm.
The swimmer who was part of a larger group of 15 swimmers who were swimming from Stair Hole to Durdle Door made it to shore safely with a lifeboat escort. At 1.15 pm all the swimmers accounted for.
The Coastguard released the lifeboats and they returned to station where they were refuelled and made ready for the next shout at 2.45pm.
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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.