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Poole Lifeboats launch to a person in the water

Lifeboats News Release

Both Poole Lifeboats launched this evening (Saturday March 11) to a report of a person in the water, this was the first call out for the stations new D Class lifeboat

Poole's RNLI lifeboats launched at 7.10pm requested by Solent Coastguard to a person in the water off Shore Road, the lifeboats were soon on scene and discovered the person in the water 100 yards off the beach.

The volunteer crew located the person, they talked to the casualty, to encourage them, to allow the crew to take them back to the safety of the shore. The casualty was recovered into the Atlantic 75 and taken ashore, then the lifeboat crew transferred the casualty across to the paramedics who were standing by.

The volunteers returned back to station, and after refuelling the lifeboats were ready for service by 9.15pm

This was the first shout for the station’s new D class Gladys Maud Burton the latest Poole lifeboat which arrived on station a couple of weeks ago, this was also the first shout for the stations newly passed out helm Jonathan Clark.

It’s full circle for the past Coxswain and Poole lifeboat's longest serving volunteer as almost twenty years ago, Jonathan was a helm at the station until 1998 when he took on the role of coxswain, his wealth of experience and knowledge of the harbour will continue to be a great asset to the station.

Jonathan and other members of the crew during the winter have been on the water with intensive training and familiarisation with the new class of lifeboat to the station.

Although it has been quiet pager wise, the crew have been busy refreshing their Casualty Care skills with assessments at the lifeboat station. Volunteer lifeboat crews are required to treat casualties in demanding and stressful environments they need to have the knowledge and ability to assess the injury or illness and give vital first aid. It can mean the difference between life and death.

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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