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Old 04 November 2013, 11:05   #1
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Swanage lifeboat called to woman trapped in cave.

Sad news from the weekend....
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Our thoughts and condolences go out to the family of the woman who died after becoming trapped in a cave near Swanage at the weekend. Volunteers from Swanage Lifeboat Station launched in gale force winds and rough seas after receiving an urgent call for help from the coastguard, to a person in the water. A rescue helicopter winched a man to safety, but he then alerted rescuers that his sister was trapped in the cave. As the tide rose, there were several attempts made to reach the casualty but sadly they were unsuccessful.
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Old 04 November 2013, 11:23   #2
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Very sad and brave efforts by all involved. They showed on local news the helo lifting the man from the sea in similar rough conditions and he appeared so way offshore , we wondered if the two became trapped and he tried to swim for help.

The lifeboats as seen could not get in and so The ground crew went down a blow hole to the cave and stated they were on the absolute limits of their training but one person dropped through but sadly to late to save the lady.
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Old 04 November 2013, 12:20   #3
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Our thoughts and condolences go out to the family of the woman who died after becoming trapped in a cave near Swanage at the weekend.
Absolutely agree - what a very sad tragedy for the family and friends of the decreased.

I also feel for all the rescue personnel involved as they will be "gutted" beyond words as well.
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shows just how easily and quickly things can go wrong, very sad.
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This is on a bit of water I know very well. It's a really sad outcome.

That part of cliff really is very inhospitable to anyone/thing in the water - especially in those conditions. It's why they built the lighthouse there.

I don't envy the crews for what they had to go through , or still have to go through to resolve the situation.

The local press has already had questions asked as to why they were in the water in those conditions - I fear the truth will be lost as life moves on.....
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Absolutely agree - what a very sad tragedy for the family and friends of the decreased.

I also feel for all the rescue personnel involved as they will be "gutted" beyond words as well.
x2. Very Sad all round.
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As with Pete, I have been past this point 1000's of times on our regular trips along the Jurassic Coast.
When I saw the reports on this, I felt really sorry that someone had lost their life and also could not believe anyone had been so foolish as to be out in these conditions.
Anvil Point is an exposed location, with wind and waves whipped up by the contours of the land and underwater profile. It can and does throw up some challenging seas, when all around can be flat(ish).
The rescue services land and sea went above and beyond the call of duty and should be commended in their efforts
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From the news reports I saw they were coasteering. So had obviously entered the water by jumping off the cliff.

But from looking at the news reports and remembering the weather that day I would say it was not the sort of thing to be doing in the conditions as bad as they were.
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I just cannot imagine what that poor girl was going through knowing that she could not be rescued and that death was imminent. Also the frustration the rescuers felt of not being able to do anything and knowing what the end result was going to be. Just tragic , condolences to the families involved.
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As with Pete, I have been past this point 1000's of times on our regular trips along the Jurassic Coast.
When I saw the reports on this, I felt really sorry that someone had lost their life and also could not believe anyone had been so foolish as to be out in these conditions.
Anvil Point is an exposed location, with wind and waves whipped up by the contours of the land and underwater profile. It can and does throw up some challenging seas, when all around can be flat(ish).
The rescue services land and sea went above and beyond the call of duty and should be commended in their efforts
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Anvil point and pevril ledges worry me more than going around Portland bill in my kayak. I even prefer St aldems head. Just very unlucky to be caught in a cave on a rising tide. RIP
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