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Both lifeboats launch to locate two children drifting out to sea.

Lifeboats News Release

The UK Coastguard requested the launch of both of Swanage's lifeboats this afternoon following a '999' call from a member of the public reporting that two children were drifting out to sea in an inflatable kayak.

Swanage lifeboat crew

RNLI/Roydon Woodford

Swanage lifeboat crew
Both lifeboats launched into a brisk westerly wind and quickly started scanning Swanage Bay for the kayak. Further information was received over the radio to say that the kayak and the two children had been recovered by the tender of a boat moored in Swanage Bay.

The inshore lifeboat met with the skipper of the tender and the two casualties who were just about to be taken ashore. The casualties were fine and required no further medical assistance so the boat's skipper continued to take the casualties ashore where they were met by the volunteers from Swanage Coastguard.

With the situation resolved both lifeboats were released to return to station.

ALB Crew: (Coxn) Dave Turnbull, Steve Williams, Gavin Steeden, Matthew Steeden, Sam Aggas, Alan Parmenter
ILB Crew: (Helm) Darren Tomes, Phil Palmer, Andy Redout
Shore Crew: (Head Launcher) Paul Bedford, (Winchman) Luke Kill, Gary Buglass, Ben Bamber, Martha Tavinor, Nigel Bower, Julian Vass

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

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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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