Poole volunteers help two vessels caught by tide

Lifeboats News Release

Poole Lifeboats were individually diverted from their exercises on Friday September 15th to help two different vessels that had got caught out by the ebb tide.

Just after 6pm the inshore lifeboat was tasked to help a rowing boat with two people on-board that was struggling against the strong ebb tide, their position given was at the Oyster Bank, when the lifeboat crew arrived on scene, they found the rowers near to Poole Quay Boat Haven.

The D Class lifeboat set up a tow and took them back to the RNLI College slipway and then returned back to station and was ready for service by 7.30pm.

Meanwhile the B class Atlantic 85 had been at North Haven Yacht club where they were supporting the youth week with a PR exercise, when a call came through from UK Coastguard, just after 6pm that a Trimaran with three people on-board had lost power and was pinned against the Poole lifting Bridge, on the other side of the bridge from the lifeboat station, caught out by the strong Ebb tide.

The lifeboat was soon on scene and carefully manoeuvred to pass a towline across and then towed the vessel clear, after checking that all was okay, they took the vessel back to their mooring at Creekmore Lake, at the top of the backwater channel in Holes Bay.

The lifeboat then returned back to station and was ready for service at 7pm.


The vessel being towed clear of Poole Bridge

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