Back to back calls for Poole volunteers

Lifeboats News Release

Poole lifeboat was first tasked (Saturday July 6) by UK Coastguard at 1.30pm to a report of a person taken ill off Pottery Pier, at the western end of Brownsea Island.


Crew attending to the kayaker

The lifeboat volunteers were soon on scene and found a few people on the beach, a mixture of kayakers and paddle boarders, one of them was not very well and required medical assistance.

Two crew went ashore to assess the casualty, they brought him back to the lifeboat, the crew transferred the casualty back to the Lifeboat Station where an ambulance had been requested to attend. At the station the volunteer lifeboat medical advisors were on hand to assist with the casualty, who was then taken to hospital.

The lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service by 2.30pm

Later in the evening, Poole Lifeboat was requested to launch by UK Coastguard at 7pm to a multi agency incident at Canford beach involving Poole Coastguard, ambulance service and air ambulance.

Meanwhile the D class lifeboat had been tasked to a broken down 20ft speedboat with 5 people on-board. The vessel was reported to be drifting close to the Chain Ferry at the entrance to the Harbour.

The D Class was soon on scene and found the stricken vessel, they had put their anchor down to prevent them drifting any further. The lifeboat crew checked that everyone was okay and a tow line was connected. They then brought the vessel safely back to Cobbs Quay
The lifeboat had returned back to station after refuelling was ready for service by 9pm and the D class crew returned from Cobbs Quay, refuelled and was made ready for service by 9.45pm.


The D class with the broken down boat

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