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Busy Bank Holiday continues for volunteer lifeboat crew

Lifeboats News Release

For the third time in as many days the Swanage lifeboat crew were called upon, this time to launch the inshore lifeboat in search of an overdue swimmer.

Swanage ILB

RNLI/James Smerdon

Swanage ILB
The swimmer had left Middle Beach in Studland and was now well overdue, so the D-class inshore lifeboat made good speed across Swanage Bay to Old Harry.

On the north side of Old Harry the inshore lifeboat began searching towards Studland and quickly came across a swimmer matching the description of the overdue person. A quick chat ascertained that the swimmer had lost track of time and was happy to accept a lift back to shore to be reunited with family. A false alarm with good intentions, and the lifeboat returned to Swanage less than an hour after launching.

ILB Crew: (Helm) Matthew Steeden, Sam Aggas, Alan Parmenter
Shore Crew: (Winchman) Gavin Steeden, Felix Williams

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