Poole Lifeboats and Sandbanks RNLI Lifeguards join forces in training scenario

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteers from Poole Lifeboat Station and Sandbanks Lifeguards have today (21 April) dealt with a training scenario which saw a jetski collide with a rib injuring three people.

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Lifeboat Crew, Lifeguards and LMA's after the training

The scenario was jointly set up by Poole Lifeboat Station and the Sandbanks Lifeguards and was overseen by the stations four volunteer Lifeboat Medical Advisors (LMA’s).

The scenario unfolded when a jetski and rib collided just off Sandbanks beach. The rib raised the alarm which saw lifeboat crews and lifeguards leap into action.

Due to the location the lifeguards arrived at the casualty quickly, a lifeguard on a rescue board and two lifeguards on the rescue water craft (RWC).

As the first two casualties were being taken ashore, one requiring CPR the lifeboat crew boarded the rib to find a further injured casualty. Whilst the casualty care assessment was taking place the D class conducted a quick search of the area to ensure nobody else was in the water and took the jetski to safer water and the Atlantic passed a tow to the rib.

In the scenario ambulances had already been requested to Sandbanks beach so the final casualty was transferred by Poole D class to the beach.

By this point all three casualties were being given casualty care treatment by Lifeguards or Lifeboat crew.

Helm Alex Evans said ‘it’s always a great opportunity to train with our colleagues on the beach. Hopefully a scenario like this doesn’t happen but it is all good practice’.

After the hot de-brief on the beach, Matt Thomas, one of the four LMA’s said ‘Todays exercise showed how efficiently our volunteer crews and lifeguards can care for casualties together. The Casualty Care training they get was put into practice in a way that impress all four LMA’s observing’.

As summer approaches the RNLI are urging those going to the coast or out to sea to ‘Respect The Water’. RNLI safety advice can be found here for a range of activities: https://rnli.org/safety

For more information please telephone Anne-Marie Clark, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07887 855073 - jclark14@sky.com or Dave Riley, National Media Officer on 07795 015042 - david_riley@rnli.org.uk or contact RNLI Newsdesk on 01202 336789


A lifeguard enters the water and deals with two casualties


Lifeboat volunteers attend the the rib casualty


Both Poole LIfeboats in transit to Sandbanks

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Lifeboat Crews and Lifeguards work together to bring casualties ashore

RNLI/Paul Glatzel

The training de-brief taking place

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