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Inshore lifeboat tasked to paddleboarder struggling in offshore wind

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteers at Swanage Coastwatch spotted a person on a paddleboard near Ballard Point who appeared to be waving for assistance.

Swanage ILB

RNLI/James Smerdon

Swanage ILB
The inshore lifeboat (ILB) launched and made best speed to Ballard Point. The volunteer lifeboat crew located a paddleboarder who said that they were happy with the conditions and did not require assistance. Whilst on the water the volunteer lifeboat crew spotted another paddleboarder who they approached to check if assistance was required and they confirmed they were fine to make progress to their intended destination. As the ILB was about to return to base, two kayakers were reported as potentially being in difficulty as one of them was appearing to be struggling in the offshore wind. The ILB was quickly on scene and one kayaker accepted the offer of a lift back to shore and was soon landed on the beach near Ocean Bay. The other kayaker was making good progress against the wind to shore and was happy to continue without assistance.

With nobody else in difficulty in the area the lifeboat was released to return to station.

ILB Crew: (Helm) Darren Tomes, Ben Jarvis, Alan Parmenter
Shore Crew: (Head Launcher) Dave Turnbull, Morgan Woodford, Jamie Trumper

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