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Shannon tasked to large area search for a missing person in Weymouth Bay

Lifeboats News Release

The Swanage volunteers had just finished their weekly training when a call came in from the UK Coastguard.

Swanage lifeboat crew

RNLI/Roydon Woodford

Swanage lifeboat crew
They requested that Swanage's all weather lifeboat joined a large area search in Weymouth Bay for a missing person.

The lifeboat launched and arrived on scene just under 50 miuntes later. Search instructions had already been passed by the UK Coastguard so the searchlights were rigged and the search started immediately.

90 minutes in to the search the casualty was spotted in the water a short distance away from the lifeboat. The casualty was quickly recovered, given immediate casualty care and taken at full speed to a waiting ambulance at Weymouth Lifeboat Station.

Ambulance paramedics and the heli-med paramedic took over the casualty care but sadly, despite everyone's efforts, the casualty was declared deceased.

The Swanage crew were invited in to Weymouth Lifeboat Station for a coffee and a debrief before returning to Swanage just after 2am.

Our thoughts are with the casualty's family and friends.

ALB Crew: (Coxn) Gavin Steeden, Tom Greasty, John Deas, Matthew Steeden, Phil Palmer, Ben Jarvis
Shore Crew: (Head Launcher) Gary Buglass, (Winchman) Luke Kill, Jamie Trumper, Nigel Bower

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