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Fifth incident in four days for volunteer lifeboat crew at Swanage

Lifeboats News Release

On their way back to station from the previous incident, the Swanage all-weather lifeboat received an urgent request to divert to Studland.

Swanage ALB launching down the slipway

RNLI/Jamie Trumper

Swanage ALB
The request came via the UK Coastguard from Poole lifeboat, who were in need of medical equipment carried by the Shannon class lifeboat.
Best speed was made to Studland Bay where a stretcher and supplies of oxygen were passed to Poole lifeboat and taken to the casualty. An air ambulance was also now on scene and paramedics were able to continue the assessment and care of the casualty.

The lifeboat was released to return to Swanage at 5.55pm and was finally back on the slipway ready for further service at 6.45pm after more than four and a half hours at sea.

Our thoughts are with the friends and families of those involved in both incidents today.

ALB Crew: (Coxn) Gavin Steeden, Robert Aggas, Matthew Steeden, Alice Haw, Sam Aggas, Ant Hole
Shore Crew: (Head Launcher) Luke Kill, (Winchman) Ben Jarvis, Ben Bamber, Julian Vass

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