Busy 24 hours for Poole Lifeboat volunteers
The last 24 hours has proved to be busy for Poole Lifeboat crew as they have been called 4 times in the last 24 hours
A routine training session yesterday (Wednesday 10 May) turned into real practice with the D class launching on training just after 5pm. With the big low tides the D class came across a 33ft yacht aground just outside Cobbs Quay Marina. As the crews were due to practice towing anyway the scenario was used and the yacht safely towed back into deeper water. While the first yacht was being towed a 2nd yacht mis-judged the channel and came to a halt. The inshore lifeboat released the tow and assisted the 2nd yacht into deeper water. The crews were re-fuelled and ready for service at 8pm.
On Thursday 11 May the lifeboat was requested to launch to assist a Shannon class lifeboat on passage to Selsey. They had come across at 23ft yacht in Poole Bay requiring assistance into Poole Harbour. The lifeboat arrived on-scene and towed the yacht in, which had 3 people on-board.
The lifeboat had been back on station less than an hour when the pagers rang out again. This time launching to reports of a person in the water off Bournemouth Pier. Whilst en-route further information came through that the person was now safe and well and the lifeboat was stood down.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.