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Poole lifeboat volunteers have launched 17 times over the past 5 days

Lifeboats News Release

Earlier this afternoon the crew were tasked by Solent Coastguard to a report of a capsized Jet ski off Branksome , outside the harbour at 14.30pm (Wednesday July 20).

The jet ski with two people on-board had capsized off the beach and their Jet Ski had filled up with water, a passing ‘Ice cream boat’  had  took the people on board and landed them safely on the beach, also RNLI lifeguards were on scene.

The lifeboat crew arrived swiftly at 14:45pm they checked that the people were okay, then attached a tow line onto the stricken Jet Ski and brought it safely ashore.

The volunteers used their salvage pump to pump out the excess water but unfortunately the Jet Ski was unable to start and with the conditions out in the bay of winds force 4, westerly it was decided that the safest option was to make arrangements for the Jet Ski be recovered from the beach.
The crew handed over to Poole Coastguard   then headed back to the lifeboat station, but not before they enjoyed a welcomed ice cream from the Ice Cream boat that had rescued the jet skiers.
The lifeboat was ready for service by 16.30pm.

Both Lifeboats were launched again just after 18.30pm to a report of a missing person, as they were making their way through the harbour both boats were stood down as the person had been accounted for.

Volunteer Coxswain Jonathan Clark said;
‘With the fine weather, It certainly has been a busy time for the crew and the callouts have been varied, you never know what it will be next. We ask people to respect the water, we want people to enjoy themselves but to recognise the dangers and never underestimate its power’.

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For more information please telephone Anne-Marie Clark, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on07887 855073 - or Dave Riley, Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer on 07795 015042 - or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789

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