Poole lifeboat was launched today at 4.15pm (July 16) to a report of two people in the water off Baiter slipway.
The lifeboat volunteers were on scene in minutes and found two small sailing dinghies capsized with one person in the water and one person sat upon one of the upturned dinghies.
The first informant had raised the alarm whilst on the shore at Baiter. The dinghy with the youngster on board capsized, his granddad had taken his dinghy back ashore packing up for the day, and he then relaunched to assist the youngster then in turn got into difficulty himself.
The lifeboat recovered the gentleman from the water, he had been holding onto the dinghies, the volunteer crews checked him over, he was extremely cold and had an injury to his eye, meanwhile the volunteers brought the young lad on board he was also extremely cold, they kept them both warm with blankets and made them comfortable as they headed back to the lifeboat station, whilst radioing ashore to request an ambulance to attend.
When the lifeboat arrived at the station, shore crew were on hand to meet the lifeboat and the casualties were transferred across into their care and then onto the ambulance crew.
The lifeboat returned back to Baiter to recover the dinghies and then passed them to the care of Poole Coastguard who were in attendance on the slipway.
The casualties were taken to Poole hospital, the youngster was extremely cold and showing signs of hypothermia.
The lifeboat returned back to statin and after refuelling was ready for service by 5.15pm.
Volunteer Helm Dave Riley said;
‘Thankfully the person on the shore made that 999 call as even though it’s sunny and fine, it’s a different story when you have been in the water for some time. Hypothermia is a physical condition that occurs when the body's core temperature falls below a normal 37° C, think of hypothermia as the opposite of heat stroke, the lad was extremely cold, we wish them both a speedy recovery ’.
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