Launch Stories

Last year RNLI lifeboats rescued almost 8,000 people, an average of 21 people per day.

21st July 2014 - Walmer RNLI lifeboat called to assist police.

The volunteer crew of Walmer RNLI lifeboat was called to assist following reports of a person swimming out to sea at Sandown Castle.

Walmers inshore lifeboat crew were paged at 8.39pm to reports of a young man swimming out to sea from Sandown Castle.

The D-Class lifeboat ‘Duggie Rodbard’ was launched immediately and quickly arrived on scene.

The casualty, a 17 year old male, was found by the lifeboat crew swimming out to sea approximately ¼ mile off shore. The lifeboat crew assisted the young man aboard the lifeboat and returned him to the shore where they were met by police and ambulance crews.

This was the second launch of the day for Walmers volunteer lifeboat crew after they were called to assist with a car over the cliff at Kingsdown earlier that afternoon.


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