Poole Lifeboat and passing jetskiers save man from water

Lifeboats News Release

Poole lifeboat volunteers were tasked by UK Coastguard at 7pm (15 July) to report of a person in the water, clinging to a buoy off Shore Road.

The lifeboat was on scene within 8 minutes, some 200 metres off Shore Road and found an elderly man with two jet skiers holding him up, keeping his head above the water using the jet skis as support.

The casualty had entered the water for a dip near a festival on Sandbank beach and then got into difficulty, he was clinging on to a buoy, calling for help, and fortunately two jet skiers were in the vicinity and responded to his calls.

The lifeboat crew transferred the casualty into the lifeboat and carried out casualty care, keeping the elderly gentleman warm and administering oxygen, it was ascertained that the casualty had been in the water for some time and had consumed an amount of water, meanwhile the Helm had radioed, to request an ambulance to stand by for an immediate medical evacuation.

The lifeboat took the casualty to North Haven steps and met up with Poole Coastguards, who were standing by, with their help, the casualty was then transferred off the lifeboat and carefully conveyed up the steps which are quite treacherous at low water with the green slime and seaweed, he was transferred to the ambulance crew, who took the casualty to Poole hospital.

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

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The casualty being treated in the bow of the lifeboat

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