Lifeboat diverted from training to 5 people cut off by the tide

Lifeboats News Release

Swanage's all weather lifeboat was exercising with a Navy 'Wildcat' helicopter on Weds evening when a call came from the UK Coastguard to assist 5 people cut off by the tide at Old Harry Rocks.

Swanage lifeboat crew training with the Royal Navy

RNLI/Ben Clarke

Swanage lifeboat crew training with the Royal Navy
The exercise was terminated, a request was made for the inshore lifeboat (ILB) to be paged and the all-weather lifeboat along with the ILB made best speed towards Old Harry.

The lifeboat was soon on scene and spotted the casualties. Using the lifeboat's loud hailer a message was passed to the casualties to say that the inshore lifeboat would be with them soon and to not move from their location.

The ILB was soon on scene, collected some additional lifejackets from the ALB and proceeded to collect the casualties and transport them back to middle beach, Studland.

With the situation resolved the ALB was released to return to its exercise and the ILB returned to station after dropping the casualties off.

LB Crew: (Coxn) Dave Turnbull, John Deas, Bryan Jones, Laura Orchard, Duncan Youngs, Richard Lloyd, Alice Haw
ILB Crew: (Helm) Darren Tomes, Matthew Steeden, Andy Redout
Shore Crew: (Head Launcher) Gary Buglass

Notes to Editors
  • Photograph of. Credit Ben Clarke

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