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Passing yacht helps broken down jetski in Swanage Bay

Lifeboats News Release

Members of the public informed the UK Coastguard that a jetski with two people on board was blowing out to sea.

Swanage ILB arriving on scene

RNLI/Becky Mack

Swanage ILB arriving on scene
The UK Coastguard requested the help of the Swanage D-class inshore lifeboat (ILB) and the volunteer crew were paged. As the crew prepared to launch the ILB, a yacht could be seen to the north of the bay with a jetski in tow. They were making their way back towards the shore. The ILB launched to confirm that this was indeed the reported broken down jetski and that everyone involved was OK and a few minutes later was alongside.

The ILB took the jetski from the yacht ,as it could navigate the shallower water, and took it to the beach. With everyone safe and well the ILB returned to station to be washed down and re-housed.

ILB Crew: (Helm) Fergus Holley, Andy Redout, Alan Parmenter
Shore Crew: (Winchman) Gary Buglass, Ben Bamber

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