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D Class launched to kayak reported in difficulty

Lifeboats News Release

On the warmest evening of the year so far the Swanage volunteers were paged to launch the inshore lifeboat (ILB).

RNLI/Becky Mack

A kayaker was reported to be struggling with the ebb tide in the Durlston Head area and the ILB was requested to launch and investigate.

The ILB was quickly on scene with the kayaker who was now making progress and confirmed that no assistance was required.

The volunteers stayed on scene for a little while longer to make sure all was OK before returning to station.

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ILB Crew: (Helm) Tom Greasty, Richard Lloyd, Fergus Holland
Shore Crew: (Head Launcher) Gary Buglass, Paul Bedford
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