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Swanage inshore lifeboat tasked to broken down and drifting speed boat

Lifeboats News Release

The speedboat with two people on board was reported to be drifting in the tide 0.5 nautical miles north of Peveril Ledge.

Swanage ILB

RNLI/James Smerdon

Swanage ILB
The boat's engine had failed and the boat was being taken south with the ebb tide. With no other vessels in the area the inshore lifeboat (ILB) launched and was quickly alongside the casualty vessel. The boat was then taken in tow back to Swanage and secured to the Council jetty so the owner could arrange to have it recovered from the water.

With the situation resolved the ILB was recovered to its slipway, washed down, refuelled and made ready for service.

ILB Crew: (Helm) Fergus Holley, Ant Hole, Andy Redout
Shore Crew: (Winchman) Gavin Steeden, Ben Bamber, Julian Vass

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