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Back to back calls for Poole Lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

A person in the water sparked the first call yesterday (May 28) for Poole Lifeboat as UK Coastguard requested the launch at 4.55pm.


The person being transferred from the tender
A vessel moored up in Holes Bay near the RNLI College reported they had seen a person in the water who required immediate assistance. The Atlantic Lifeboat launched and was on scene within 2 minutes and found the person had been recovered into the vessels tender. The person had been in the water sometime and was transferred to the lifeboat and back to station where a paramedic was also en-route.

Once checked over in the boathouse the casualty was then asked to go to hospital as precautionary measure.

As checks on this casualty continued the Launching Authority in the boathouse overheard another call for assistance to the Coastguard and authorised the 2nd launch. An 18ft sportsboat with 5 people on-board reported one of their crew had cut their hand and required assistance. The lifeboat was on scene shortly after and met the vessel who was proceeding up the harbour. Three crew were transferred with medical equipment and the vessel was asked to follow the lifeboat back to the boathouse.

A paramedic was still on scene from the previous call and the casualty was handed directly to them where an assessment was made in the boathouse.

The lifeboat was re-fuelled and ready for service by 6.40pm.


The first casualty safely ashore


Crews administer first aid to the cut hand


Crews administer first aid to the cut hand

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