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Swanage all-weather lifeboat launches to assist vessel taking on water

Lifeboats News Release

On the evening of The Queen's Jubilee bank holiday the all-weather lifeboat was requested to assist a yacht taking on water three miles south west of St Albans head.

Swanage all-weather lifeboat recovered to its slipway after the rescue

RNLI/Becky Mack

Swanage all-weather lifeboat recovered to its slipway after the rescue
The lifeboat launched quickly and arrived on scene less than 25 minutes after the initial tasking. A volunteer lifeboat crew member was put aboard to asses the situation.

The yacht was found to have a split hose which was causing an ingress of water. The hose was fixed aboard and the lifeboat escorted the yacht for 30 minutes to ensure it was safe to continue its passage to Yarmouth.

With the leak fixed and the yacht making good way, the Swanage lifeboat was stood down to return to station.

ALB Crew: (Coxn) Gavin Steeden, Robert Aggas, Matthew Steeden, Roydon Woodford, Phil Palmer, Sam Aggas

Shore Crew: Paul Bedford, Ant Hole.

Notes to Editors

  • Photograph of Swanage all-weather lifeboat recovered to the slipway after the rescue. Credit RNLI/Becky Mack

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For more information please telephone Becky Mack, Swanage RNLI Volunteer Press Officer on 07812 558487 or at [email protected]

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