Poole Lifeboats were out on the water supporting the Blue Boar raft race as safety cover today as the rafts battled it out between the Quays (Monday 1 January)
As the competitors had finished the race and were heading back with their rafts a strong ebb tide had swept one raft against the yellow passengers boats, it had pressed the raft in-between the pleasure boats, pinning it against them.
Four people had been on the raft, as the inshore lifeboat arrived on scene, they found one person holding onto a mooring line and two underneath and between the passenger boats, the fourth person was making his way ashore, swept along by the strong tide.
The Atlantic lifeboat took up position downstream as back up and the crew on the inshore lifeboat hauled one person out of the water on board the boat and then manoeuvred to assist the other two out of the water.
The rafters were none the worse for their adventure, the lifeboat crew took them back ashore. Meanwhile, the crew of the lifeboat fixed up a tow line to secure the raft and took it back past the Lifeboat Station between the bridges.
Volunteer Helmsman Dave Riley said;
‘There was a fair few spectators out on the Quay, it’s a great Poole tradition and the weather dried up just at the right time. It was good to see the race competitors wearing buoyancy aids and heeding the safety guidelines. The strong ebb tide caused problems for a few after the race, we can never underestimate the constantly changing tides’.
This was the first call out for the Poole crew for 2018.
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 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.