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Swanage Shannon class lifeboat launches to boat with engine failure

Lifeboats News Release

A 7m rigid inflatable boat (RIB) was returning after a weekend on Jersey when it suffered engine failure 8 nautical miles south of Anvil Point.

RIB under tow on Swanage Shannon

RNLI/Andy Redout

Vessel under tow
The boat and both crew were well equipped and able to pass a position to the UK Coastguard, who requested the Swanage Shannon class all-weather lifeboat. A route was plotted to the reported position and a short while later the RIB was contacted on the radio.

The boat had drifted a fair distance on the building tide and fresh breeze, so a combination of RADAR and VHF direction finding equipment was used to locate the vessel. Both crew were taken aboard the lifeboat while a towline was attached ready for a passage back to Swanage.

Good speed was made and the boat was tide alongside the council jetty about 50 minutes later, watched by a few local curious dolphins.

The two crew arranged recovery of their trailer from Poole to pick up the RIB later while the lifeboat was washed down and re-housed, at about 1.00pm, allowing the volunteer crew to get back in time for lunch.

ALB Crew: (Coxn) Dave Turnbull, Steve Williams, Becky Mack, Bryan Jones, Roydon Woodford, Andy Redout
Shore Crew: (Head Launcher) Gary Buglass, (Winchman) Andy Redout, Ben Bamber, Jamie Trumper

Notes to Editors

  • Photograph of vessel under tow, and volunteer crew member Bryan Jones stowing ropes with dolphins along side. Credit Andy Redout/RNLI

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For more information please telephone Becky Mack, Swanage RNLI Volunteer Press Officer on 07812 558487 or at [email protected]

Bryan Jones towing lines with dolphins in the bay

RNLI/Andy Redout

Bryan Jones towing lines with dolphins in the bay

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