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Swanage Shannon class lifeboat attends third rescue in one day

Lifeboats News Release

Swanage's all-weather lifeboat was tasked to assist an inflatable kayak in difficulties off Kimmeridge.

Swanage Shannon class lifeboat leaving Kimmeridge Bay with the casualties safely ashore


Swanage Shannon class lifeboat leaving Kimmeridge Bay with the casualties safely ashore
A member of the public had contacted the UK Coastguard to say that they had spotted an inflatable kayak that was being blown out to sea in the blustery conditions off Kimmeridge.

The lifeboat volunteers were paged and with the tide with them they made good speed to Kimmeridge. Once on scene the member of the public was able to guide the lifeboat towards the kayak. A short time later the lifeboat was alongside the kayak and the two people were taken on board. The couple were taken in to the wheelhouse to warm up whilst they were taken back up the coast to Kimmeridge to where they had launched.

The lifeboat got as close to the shore as the shallow waters would allow and the kayakers were able to paddle the short distance to the shore.

Once ashore they were met by the volunteers from Kimmeridge Coastguard.

With the casualties safely ashore the lifeboat was released to return to station.

Our thanks to the vigilant member of the public who spotted the people in trouble and maintained a watch until the lifeboat arrived on scene.

ALB Crew - Dave Turnbull (Coxn), Rob Aggas, Gavin Steeden, Steve Williams, Becky Mack, Duncan Youngs

Shore Crew - Paul Bedford, Sam Aggas, Felix Williams

Notes to Editors

  • Photograph of casualties safely ashore. Credit RNLI

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