After a shout yesterday, it's now looking like a busy bankholiday weekend...not for me though. Both boats have just launched to assist a small yacht caught by a pot rope round it's prop. Meanwhile I am spending the day alone with my kids as Mrs G is taking part in a 12 hour mountainbike race...so no lifeboating for me!
Tuesday, 23 August 2011
So, if you have any information about this please get in touch with me or your local police. It is a relatively rare bike so it would actually be fairly hard to sell on. Please don't let this person get away with this. Thanks...
One of the great things about this years lifeboat week was the number of kids who were around. Everywhere I looked there seemed to be little people enjoying themselves, taking an interest and having fun. The number present was of course helped by the number of recent babies born to our Swanage lifeboat family. Happy times...
Monday, 22 August 2011
I forgot to mention the results of the annual RNLI window dressing competition. After a number of attempts, our wonderful local florists, Bloom, has won the RNLI window competition. Tor, who owns the business, is a great supporter of the lifeboat and has obviously put a huge amount of effort into her display this year. It even had a boat and a sea safety message...well done Bloom and Tor (and anyone else who was involved)!
Sunday, 21 August 2011
So, in it's traditional way, lifeboat week has come to an end with our lifeboat service on the pier. Typically, the ALB got a shout 20 minutes before the start and missed the whole thing! Never mind though, this was more than made up for by the enormous number of people who had come to take part (helped perhaps by announcements on radio solent and radio 2 this morning).
Our thanks in particular to Ringwood Salvation Army band who played so well for us (they even taught us a new Hymn!)
Only 357 days to go till next lifeboat week!
Saturday, 20 August 2011
Friday, 19 August 2011
Thursday, 18 August 2011
Of course the painting is fantastic and we were keen to bring Rebecca down to the lifeboat house and, if possible, get her out on the boat...as is the way with these things, it has taken some time to arrange but from the look on Rebecca's face it was well worth the wait!
Indeed, she was a natural, she seemed very comfortable on the boat and even managed to perfect the steely 'woman against the elements' looks required of female lifeboat crew!
Rebecca: thanks for coming out with us and in particular, thanks for your magnificent painting...
Tuesday, 16 August 2011
On Friday evening Prince Albert Gardens in Swanage is going to be the place to be. Cliff Lift & the ZigZags begin the entertainment with a lively set from 6pm. We've not had Cliff Lift & the ZigZags to play for us before, but they are a local band form the Bournemouth area and have an excellent reputation as a live band.
As ever there will be a fabulous bar with local beers and ciders and the BBQ will be fired up and providing delicious food once more.
The Wiseleys will be playing once more from 8.30pm, back for their third stint at lifeboat week. This incredible London based band will set out to once more blow your socks off with their energetic sound.
Do yourself a favour...don't miss this evening!
Monday, 15 August 2011
Just as we stepped out of our oilskins from the previous shout, our pagers went off once more. This time for a motor cruiser south of Anvil point. Despite having two engines, both had failed leaving him powerless and drifting as darkness was falling. No doubt he needed a tow.
Once again, in a pretty short time, we were on scene and had a couple of crew aboard and a tow rope rigged. Indeed, a few short minutes after getting onboard, Dave and Ollie were tucking into a slice of cheese cake each! By the end of the shout, not only were the rest of our crew jealous, but also Poole lifeboat crew and the team at Portland coastguard!
With almost perfect timing my pager went off this afternoon just as I pulled onto the drive having returned from a very pleasant bike ride with the kids. In less than 10 minutes I was on the ALB as it slipped into the sea.
Portland coastguard then instructed us to make best speed towards a Dutch trimaran which had lost its rudder 3 miles South South East of Peveril point.
On arrival Gav and myself jumped onboard and rigged a tow and casualty Drogue. Less than 30 minutes later we had the yacht tied to our moorings in Swanage. Job done...there was nothing he could do too sort it out himself so we were very happy to assist. Let's hope that he gets this fixed quickly so that he can continue with his holiday and sail his wonderful Dragonfly trimaran back to Amsterdam!
Sunday, 14 August 2011
So today is the annual Swanage triathlon. A few of the crew are taking part, including Becky and Steve. By the time you read this they will have finished and will be tucking into a well earned breakfast! Go guys...
Off course, as always, the ILB is on the water as part of the safety cover for the event. This morning Gav, Matt and Tom were there bright and early and making sure that everyone was safe...much appreciated by all concerned I'm sure! Well done Fellas.
Wednesday, 10 August 2011
Tuesday, 9 August 2011
Not this time...no sooner had I unpacked my bag and put in the first load of washing than my pager went off. I hitched a lift to the boathouse with Des Fitzgerald (a retired crewmember and a real gent) and soon found us heading further west than we've been for many a year (Gav had to check the chart to discover where Mupe Rocks are!)
Once there we put Matt, our resident marine engineer, onboard who then diagnosed the problem as a fuel issue and in pretty short time fixed it sufficiently for the vessel to proceed on its way to Weymouth.
A few short hours later the pagers went off again for another slightly unusual shout. Dave T mentioned that this was probably the only time that we have launched the ALB and turned immediately to port! It was also probably the shortest ever eta for the ALB...we were on scene within 15 seconds!
It turned out that a passing large cabin cruiser had towed in a small broken down speedboat and had subsequently run ashore on a small reef called the berry. Poor compensation for an act of helpfulness if you ask me!
Anyway, the ILB and various crewmembers in drysuits soon had the boat off it's rocky perch and on their way to Poole. No doubt expensive damage has been done but at least they were afloat and under their own power.