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Inshore lifeboat launched to assist inflatable kayak in Swanage Bay

Lifeboats News Release

Swanage's inshore lifeboat 'Phyl & Jack' was tasked shortly before 6pm to assist two people on an inflatable kayak.

Swanage inshore lifeboat


Swanage inshore lifeboat
The two people were struggling to get back to the shore in the brisk South Westerly wind. One of the RNLI lifeguards was going to their assistance on a rescue board but further assistance had been requested to get them back to the shore.

The lifeboat launched and made its way to the last known position of the kayak. After a quick visual search the kayak was located on the main beach so the lifeboat went ashore to make sure that all was well.

The two people were fine and being looked after by the lifeguards so the lifeboat was released to return to station.

ILB Crew: (Helm) Fergus Holley, Richard Lloyd, Sam Aggas
Shore Crew: (Winchman) Gary Buglass, Emily Condie, Jamie Trumper, Nigel Bower, Julian Vass

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