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Poole Lifeboat was in action again for the 4th time in two days today (May 16).

Lifeboats News Release

A 26ft yacht with two people onboard was making its approach through the harbour entrance when its engine failed. With the tide flowing out of the harbour a call was made for assistance.

The lifeboat launched at 4:45pm and shortly after arrived on scene. A local harbour patrol boat had attached a tow and was keeping the vessel away from danger. The lifeboat passed a crew member onboard and attached their own tow and took the vessel safely back to Poole Quay.

Helm James Kilburn said 'it's been a busy 48 hours for us. If you are heading to sea or near the coast please take care and Respect The Water.'

The lifeboat was re-fuelled and ready for service by 6pm.


The volunteer crew at Poole finishing up after their fourth call out in two days

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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, Carrybridge 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.

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