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D Class launches to drifting tender

Lifeboats News Release

The inshore lifeboat was requested to launch following a report from a member of the public of a dinghy drifting in Swanage Bay.

Swanage ILB returning from service

RNLI/James Smerdon

Swanage ILB returning from service
The UK Coastguard were concerned that someone might have fallen out of the dinghy in the brisk offshore wind.

The lifeboat launched and carried out a search of Swanage Bay. The dinghy was spotted ashore and a report was also received that the dinghy had in fact come adrift from a mooring rather than having anyone on board.

With the situation resolved the lifeboat was released to return to station.

ILB Crew: (Helm) Fergus Holley, Ant Hole, Ben Jarvis
Shore Crew: (Head Launcher) Gavin Steeden, Jamie Trumper

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