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Both Swanage lifeboats diverted from exercise to possible missing person

Lifeboats News Release

Shortly after launching on exercise both of Swanage's lifeboats were tasked to the northern end of Swanage Bay.

Swanage lifeboat crew


Swanage lifeboat crew
A member of the public reported seeing some clothing on the beach and a person swimming out to sea.

The person was not seen returning to the beach so the member of the public rang 999 and spoke to HM Coastguard.

When the lifeboats arrived on scene the clothing couldn't be found so a search of the immediate area was carried out.

With nothing found HM Coastguard were happy that it was a false alarm with good intent and both lifeboats were released to carry on with their training.

ALB Crew: (Coxn) Tom Greasty, Dan Lander, John Deas, Becky Mack, Roydon Woodford, Andy Redout
ILB Crew: (Helm) Matthew Steeden, Ben Jarvis, Alan Parmenter, Alan Parmenter

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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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