Poole inshore lifeboat launched to exhausted paddle boarder

Lifeboats News Release

Poole’s inshore lifeboat was tasked by UK Coastguard on Monday evening (July 2) at 6.45pm to a report that a paddle boarder required assistance at Whitely Lake which is the dedicated board sailing at Sandbanks, inside the harbour.

RNLI/Poole

D class inshore lifeboat

Poole’s inshore lifeboat was tasked by UK Coastguard on Monday evening (July 2) at 6.45pm to a report that a paddle boarder required assistance at Whitely Lake which is the dedicated board sailing at Sandbanks, inside the harbour.

The D class ‘Gladys Maude Burton’ was soon on scene and on arrival found that the exhausted paddle boarder had taken refuge on a yacht moored by, the yacht had contacted the coastguard

.
The lifeboat crew checked that the paddle boarder was okay and then took them back to shore.
The lifeboat returned back to station, refuelled and was ready for service at 8.15pm
V

Volunteer helmsman Steve Porter said;
‘Conditions in the harbour were quite choppy, the South Easterly wind had strengthened just catching the casualty out, conditions can change swiftly and it is always recommended to have a means for calling for help’.

This was the 50th ‘Shout’ for the volunteer crews at Poole Lifeboat Station.

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, in a normal year, 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.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or by email.

Categories