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Swanage all-weather lifeboat joins search for missing diver.

Lifeboats News Release

Just after 2.00pm, Swanage all-weather lifeboat (ALB) was requested to join other lifeboats and UK Coastguard rescue assets in a search for a missing diver.

Swanage lifeboat crew

RNLI/Roydon Woodford

Swanage lifeboat crew
The search had been ongoing for some time and the lifeboat quickly received search pattern details while making best speed towards Portland Bill.
Search conditions were good, but nothing was found during the first legs of the pattern.

Around 30 minutes into the search pattern news was received that the diver had been found close to the original dive position. The casualty was to be taken ashore at Portland by the dive boat and Swanage lifeboat was requested to escort the vessel into Portland Harbour.

At around 4.15pm the lifeboat was able to plot a new course back to Swanage and departed the scene.

Before the lifeboat could re-house, a new tasking was received and the lifeboat diverted towards Studland.

ALB Crew: (Coxn) Gavin Steeden, Robert Aggas, Matthew Steeden, Alice Haw, Sam Aggas, Ant Hole

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