Lifeboat launched as small inflatable sighted offshore

Lifeboats News Release

Swanage all-weather lifeboat launched this morning after a passing yacht reported sighting a small inflatable several miles east of Old Harry.

Swanage lifeboat crew

RNLI/Roydon Wodford

Swanage lifeboat crew
The small inflatable dinghy was reported as empty, but the UK Coastguard wanted to check the area in case there was a person or persons in distress.

The lifeboat launched and headed to the position of the sighting, then ran a search course directly downwind towards Hengistbury Head. Several yachts and motor vessels were in the area, so the UK Coastguard issued an all-ships alert asking for vessels in the area to keep a close lookout for the dinghy.

At Hengistbury Head the lifeboat stepped half a nautical mile out to sea and ran a parallel track back towards Old Harry.

At the end of this search, with nothing untoward found and nobody reported in distress, the UK Coastguard were happy to stand the lifeboat down.

The volunteer crew washed the boat down before returning to their Swanage Carnival procession preparation.

ALB Crew: (Coxn) Dave Turnbull, Steve Williams, Tom Greasty, Phil Palmer, Alice Haw, Alan Parmenter
Shore Crew: (Head Launcher) Gary Buglass, (Winchman) Robert Aggas, Ben Clarke, Jamie Trumper, Martha Tavinor

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