Night time search for the Swanage RNLI volunteers
Swanage RNLI volunteers tasked to assist in a multi-agency search for a missing person in the Southbourne area.
The lifeboat launched and proceeded north east towards the search area then altered course to a position 3nm north of Old Harry Rocks as details for their part of the search area were received.
The search consisted of 18 legs each 1.5nm long looking for a possible person in the water. This search was completed in just under two hours with nothing found. Another search area was then received which was 3 legs between Boscombe Pier and West Cliff. This was completed again with nothing found. The lifeboat then headed back towards Boscombe to wait for further instructions.
Just after midnight all units had completed their respective searches with nothing found. The search was suspended pending further information and all units were released to return to their respective bases.
Swanage lifeboat was back on her slipway at 0.33am where she was washed down, refuelled and made ready for the next service.
ALB Crew: (Coxn) Dave Turnbull, Steve Williams, Tom Greasty, Becky Mack, Laura Orchard, Sam Aggas
Shore Crew: (Head Launcher) Gary Buglass, (Winchman) Luke Kill, Ben Bamber, Jamie Trumper
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.
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