Poole volunteers launched to grounded vessel

Lifeboats News Release

Poole Lifeboat was tasked Saturday (August 18) at 7.30pm by the UK Coastguard after they received numerous 999 calls from members of the public at Sandbanks reporting that a motor boat had got into difficulty.


A crew member passes a tow line across

The lifeboat was soon on scene and found the vessel aground on the shoreline, half a mile east of Shore Road.

Conditions in Poole Bay were clear a south westerly wind with a slight sea.

A crew member went to check that the three people on-board were okay, a tow line was passed and the lifeboat brought the vessel clear into deeper water.

One of the people on-board the vessel had become very cold it was established that they had been in the water and had swallowed some so it was decided to drop the person off at North Haven and they were transferred into the care of Poole Coastguard.

The lifeboat continued with towing the vessel and took it to Poole Quay Boat Haven, after the vessel was moored safely alongside, they returned back to station and was made ready for service by 9.45pm.

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