Two successive callouts to evacuate people from Studland Bay in the early hours

Lifeboats News Release

Poole inshore lifeboat launched at 01:15am to a medi vac in Studland Bay.

The  lifeboat volunteers were tasked by Solent Coastguard to evacuate a poorly man from his 24 ft yacht anchored in Studland Bay.  The lifeboat was soon on scene but due the amount of vessels  at anchor in Studland bay (over 50+)  the lifeboat crew had to be guided in by flashlight .

Volunteer crew boarded the vessel and assessed the casualty, they then transferred the casualty onto the inshore lifeboat.

Due to the casualties ailment  the lifeboat had to come  back into the harbour reasonably slowly to make him  as comfortable as possible.

When the lifeboat arrived back at the station the casualty was transferred to an ambulance that was standing by at the lifeboat station and taken to Poole Hospital.

The lifeboat was back on service by 02:30am.

Then just before 04: 00am  a report that there was a person in the water.

Solent Coastguard tasked the Poole inshore lifeboat and  Swanage coastguard to Knoll beach, to a report of a person in the water some 40 yards off the shore.

Whilst on route, Communications came through that the Coastguard team had found the casualty washed up upon the beach, the Coastguard reported that the casualty was deteriorating rapidly and had been in the water for approximately 4 hours, they requested immediate evacuation.

The lifeboat was swiftly on scene and 3 crew assessed the casualty, they reaffirmed that a rapid evacuation to an ambulance at North Haven steps was imminently required.

A crewman lifted the casualty and carried  him back to the lifeboat, the lifeboat then transferred him  at best speed, to North Haven steps, by the chain ferry. They then handed over the hypothermic casualty to the ambulance, who took him to Poole Hospital.

The lifeboat crew returned back to station and their beds and we're ready for service 04:45am.

Volunteer Helmsman Alex Evans said;
'Studland bay was teeming with hundreds of vessels  at anchor  and we had to navigate carefully through boats with no anchor lights, using radar. It's reported that the casualty had been kayaking, if it wasn't for the first informant who called in the sighting of this chap in the water, it could have been a very different outcome , he was extremely fortunate'.

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