Person in water sparks launch for Poole volunteers

Lifeboats News Release

Poole Lifeboat crews were scrambled this morning at 6.45am to a report of two people in the quay by the Old lifting bridge.

Reports had come through that a person had been spotted in the water under Poole’s Old lifting bridge, a passer-by had jumped into assist and rescue him, when the lifeboat crew arrived at the station, a report had come through that the casualties had made it ashore alongside the bridge.

Poole Lifeboat crew swiftly arrived via Sydenham’s with first aid kit and began to administer first aid to the casualty; Conditions were windy South West 5 to 6 but the tide was thankfully still, it was slack water.

Meanwhile the Poole lifeboat launched and carried further first aid equipment across the quay under the bridge. Oxygen was administered from the lifeboat to the casualty and stretcher was passed ashore to help to transport the casualty to the ambulance that had arrived and was standing by.
The casualty was made comfortable, transferred by stretcher to the ambulance and taken to Poole Hospital.

The lifeboat returned back to station and was ready for service by 07.30am and the Poole volunteers headed off to work.


The lifeboat on scene


Poole volunteers and paramedics tend to the person


The person being lifted on a stretcher

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