Both Swanage Lifeboats launch to assist in a search for a missing person.

Lifeboats News Release

After a busy lifeboat week the Swanage RNLI volunteers were hoping for an early night, but at just before 9.30pm both lifeboats were requested to launch..

Swanage ALB launching


Swanage ALB launching
Dorset police had contact the UK Coastguard and had requested assistance with a search for a missing person in the area of Knoll Beach, Studland.

Police officers and the police helicopter were already on scene. Coastguard teams from Swanage and St Albans Head were also requested to assist.

Both lifeboats launched and made best speed to the Knoll Beach area. As the lifeboats arrived on scene information was received over the radio that a person had been located by the police helicopter in the sand dunes. Police and Coastguard units were directed to the person's location and once they were confirmed as being safe the lifeboats were stood down to return to station.

ALB Crew: (Coxn) Dave Turnbull, Gavin Steeden, John Deas, Phil Palmer, Duncan Youngs, Alan Parmenter, Fergus Holley

ILB Crew: (Helm) Tom Greasty, Dan Lander, Matthew Steeden, Darren Tomes
Shore Crew: (Head Launcher) Luke Kill, (Winchman) Andy Redout, (Head Launcher) Gary Buglass, Emily Condie, Ben Bamber

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