A swimmer had a lucky escape this afternoon when they got into difficulties near to the chain ferry.
Poole Inshore Lifeboat launched along with Coastguard teams from Swanage and Poole tasked to investigate.
On arrival the Swanage Coastguard team were pointed to the direction of the male and managed to spot the swimmer struggling in the water.
A small passing boat went to the swimmers assistance but were unable to recover him aboard.
The Coastguard team directed the lifeboat to the swimmer who took him aboard and ashore to North Haven.
Due to the condition of the swimmer an ambulance was requested and conveyed the male to hospital.
The swimmer had started his swim at shell bay when he was swept across the path of the chain ferry.
He was lucky to be spotted with rescue units close by to rescue him.
Due to the strong current it is not advisable to swim near to the harbour entrance.
Coastal emergency dial 999 - Coastguard.