Update on search and other taskings for Poole volunteers
Poole Lifeboat was relaunched this morning (Sunday October 7) just after 10am to recommence the search for the missing Kayaker with lifeboats from Swanage, Bembridge and Mudeford plus two helicopters , the HM Coastguard fixed wing aircraft and coastguards units on along the coast.
Meanwhile at 2.30pm the Poole inshore lifeboat was tasked to assist a 13ft power boat that had broken down, a ‘PAN- PAN’ had been received from a yacht that was between Diver Buoy and Aunt Betty Buoy in Poole Harbour, when they had come across the stricken vessel amidst he shallow area of the harbour moorings.
When the lifeboat arrived on scene they found the stricken power boat with 4 people on-board tied alongside the yacht in the shallows between the main and North Channel but as the yacht went to help they also lost power.
The lifeboat checked all was okay and transferred a crew member on board the yacht who attached a tow line and took the yacht to a mooring where it was secured, the D’ class then undertook the 13ft powerboat to Salterns.
Meanwhile at around 3pm the Atlantic lifeboat had been stood down , as it had completed its search and was heading back into Poole harbour, the D’ class requested that the lifeboat undertake the tow of the yacht and take it back to its berth at Poole Yacht club.
Both lifeboats headed back to station, conditions in the harbour were sunny and beautifully calm a stark contrast to the conditions yesterday.
The crew refuelled supported by the shore helpers, they rehoused the lifeboats and got them ready for service, all keeping busy.
News then came through that the missing kayaker had been located and recovered from the water some 22 nautical miles south of Tynham.
All our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad and difficult time.
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.