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Busy Open Day at Poole plus a call for the inshore lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

Hundreds of people flocked down to Poole Quay over the weekend (Sunday August 7) to support the volunteers at Poole lifeboat station at the annual Poole lifeboat station Open Day.

There were lots of cakes and goodies, a range of side stalls and even a dog show with a difference, with a parade of pooches, all made from recycled lifeboat wellies

The lifeboat station welcomed the Mayor of Poole, Councillor Xena Dion whom took a tour of the event and was introduced to crew and volunteers, she then drew the winning tickets for the raffle draw.

With sufficient blue skies overhead, loads to do around the lifeboat was tasked for real by Solent Coastguard during the afternoon. They launched to reports of a capsized dinghy near the Training Bank, outside the entrance of the Harbour. The inshore lifeboat was swiftly on scene, where they found that the two occupants had been taken on-board a passing vessel, whilst a rib had attached a line but was not making any headway in the blustery conditions.

The crew quickly checked that the two occupants were well and that they did not require any medical attention. Two lifeboat crew entered the water to re-right the vessel, whilst the casualties were transferred across onto the inshore lifeboat. The lifeboat stood by whilst the two crew in the water righted the wayfarer dinghy and then they towed the vessel to Knoll Beach.

The Inshore lifeboat then returned to the station to continue with Open Day.

Volunteer Lifeboat Coxswain Jonathan Clark said;
‘It’s always a busy day with  lots of hard work from the crew, families and fundraisers, we would like to  thank all the people and businesses for being so generous in donating the goods and prizes that help make the Open day happen. We are a charity, not government funded and are independent of the Coastguard, and every penny raised during our Open Day will help us to keep on saving lives at sea. We had a brilliant turnout, and then with the pagers ringing out for real, it gave the visitors a chance to experience a lifeboat launch at first –hand’.

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