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Poole Lifeboats involved in multi agency training scenario

Lifeboats News Release

Poole lifeboats were launched today at 10am, on one of the coldest days of the year, the tasking from the UK Coastguard (Solent) was to a search for a missing boy and his carers.

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View from the Atlantic 85 of the units dealing with the mock casualty ashore
The report had come through from the first informant that they were last sighted on Brownsea Island and at that time unaccounted for.

The lifeboats were soon on scene and immediately conducted a shoreline search around the island some three cables off (there are 10 cables to a mile). Other agencies had been tasked and were on the island and in the vicinity. Conditions in the harbour were choppy, with a biting North Westerly wind force 5-6 and a flurry of snow, the lifeboats worked together and scoured the area, then news came through that the carers had been located and a casualty had been found on the shore some 100 yards south of Pottery Pier, the lifeboat crews were requested to administer casualty care and evacuate the casualty.

Arriving on scene the lifeboat crew met up with other agencies, the casualty was in fact a dummy as this was not a real rescue tasking but a major multi agency exercise scenario, centred on Brownsea island involving the Lifeboat volunteers working alongside National Maritime Operation Centre, local Coastguard units, harbour ferries shipping search teams, Police (shorebased / helicopter / marine), DORSAR (Dorset Search and Rescue) and others. On this occasion nobody was in danger, it was an important exercise where the other assets had the opportunity to share knowledge, gain experience and interact with other agencies.

Volunteer Helmsman Jonathan Clark said; ‘With the thousands of visitors that visit Brownsea Island todays exercise could easily be a for real, in the past the lifeboats crew have administered first aid have conducted medivacs from the Islands in the harbour, there are many scenarios from fires, explosions, missing people and so on, it’s good to have the opportunity to work alongside the other agencies as it is mutually beneficial’.

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