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Busy period continues as Poole volunteers deal a speedboat washed up on beach

Lifeboats News Release

The busy period continues for the Poole Lifeboat volunteers as UK Coastguard tasked the lifeboat at 5.20pm (July 10) to a report of a boat being swamped just west of Bournemouth Pier.

The Lifeboat crew were swiftly away and soon on scene they found a 20ft open speedboat full of water in the surf line on the beach at Bournemouth , with the waves breaking over it. The lifeboat crew, used their salvage pump to extract the water but the surf kept breaking over and refilling the vessel up, as nobody was in danger and the vessel was not a hazard to navigation the lifeboat was stood down, the mobile coastguard unit stayed with the vessel and owner on the beach. As the lifeboat was departing the UK Coastguard re-tasked the volunteers to a report of jet skiers in difficulty, the informant had said that the jet skis were 2 miles South East of Canford Cliffs, the lifeboat found the jet ski 300 yards from Alum Chine happily fishing, so it was a call with good intent.

Volunteer Helm Jonathan Clark Said; ‘There was a slight breeze tonight but conditions were fair, there was a bit of surf coming in, the boat was firm aground and will wait for high water.The jet skiers had not broken down as first feared, so all was well’. The lifeboat was back on station after refuelling by 8.15pm.

Shortly after 9pm the Lifeboat was requested to launch again, the Poole Coastguard team had remained on scene with the vessel on the beach and had bailed out much of the water. With it now being high water and the sea conditions now much calmer the opportunity was taken to remove the vessel to a safer location.

The lifeboat arrived onscene and working wit the Poole Coastguard team a tow was attached. With little effort the vessel was towed clear and taken back to Parkstone Bay Marina.

The lifeboat was ready for service by 11.25pm


The stricken vessel on the shoreline

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