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Night time search for the Swanage RNLI volunteers

Lifeboats News Release

Swanage RNLI volunteers tasked to assist in a multi-agency search for a missing person in the Southbourne area.

Swanage all-weather lifeboat recovered to her slipway during darkness


Swanage all-weather lifeboat recovered to her slipway during darkness
The all-weather lifeboat was requested to launch on the evening of 20th July to join RNLI lifeboats from Mudeford and Yarmouth, Coastguard teams from Poole, Southbourne and Lymington, the Coastguard helicopter and Dorset Police in a search for a missing person.

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

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