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A busy night with back to back calls for Poole RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Poole Lifeboats were launched Thursday September 6 at 8.30pm to a report of a distressed person at Shell Bay.


Poole crew launching at night
Both lifeboats were tasked by UK Coastguard to search for a distressed person, the first informant who was on the Chain Ferry at the time had seen the person entering the water at Shell Bay.

The lifeboats were soon on scene and began searching the area. There was a fresh South Westerly breeze in the bay.

The Coastguard and Police were scouring the shore and the Coastguard helicopter arrived on scene equipped with the latest technologies to search from above.

The Search continued then a report came through over the radio, that a person fitting the description from the first informant, had been seen returning on the Chain Ferry so the lifeboats and other assets were stood down.
The lifeboats returned back to station, after refuelling both boats were ready for service by 11.15pm

Then at 12.20am the pagers rang out again.
Poole inshore lifeboat was launched to a report of a person clinging to a buoy off Hamworthy Park Friday (September 7).

The volunteers found an exhausted paddle boarder 300 metres South West of Poole Yacht Club, they recovered him from a moored yacht, a safe haven.

Conditions in the harbour were clear and still.
The lifeboat crew checked that he was okay, he was and no casualty care was required.
They transferred the casualty onto the lifeboat and took him ashore to Hamworthy Park .

The volunteers then returned back to station and were ready for service just before 1am

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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