Poole Lifeboat launched after swimmer reported in difficulty
Poole Lifeboat launched at just after 4pm (Wednesday July 4) to a report of a possible swimmer in difficulty, east of Bournemouth Pier, a person by the Cumberland Hotel at East Cliff had called the Coastguard.
Nothing untoward was found and then information came through that the first informants description of the swimmer potentially in difficulty matched the one that the lifeboat had passed west of Boscombe Pier.
It seems that it was a call with good intent so the Lifeboat crew were stood down and returned back to station, they were ready for service by 4.45pm
Volunteer Helm Dave Riley said
‘The Poole Lifeboat crew will always respond and we thank the first informant for making that 999 call, as it is always better to be safe than sorry ,they did the right thing, as the time they don’t make that call, is the time that it may have a very different outcome’.
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.