Busy evening for Poole volunteers with multiple calls
Both Poole lifeboats were very busy once again this evening, Friday (September 20) responding to 3 different incidents.
The D Class was tasked initially at 3pm by UK Coastguard, who had received a Pan Pan from a vessel aground near the entrance of the Wareham Channel.
A Pan Pan is call given over the radio when a vessel finds themselves in a situation that is urgent, but at that time does not pose an immediate danger to anyone's life or to the vessel itself, it is referred to as a state of "urgency". The vessel was reported to be just off Swineham Point, where the wind had freshened and was blowing 20 knots from the east, it had nudged the boat into the shallows.
Whilst the D Class was on route, communications with the casualty had failed, when comms had reconnected, it was clear that the two people, that had been on-board the vessel had now got off the boat and were safe. With the mobile Coastguard unit also on route and as there was no immediate danger to anyone's life or to the vessel itself, the lifeboat crew were stood down. The D class was re-tasked at around 5pm to assist the people as they had got ashore but could not make their way out of the reeds and then had tried to get back to their boat.
When the D class arrived on scene they found that they had to manoeuvre cautiously avoiding wooden stakes that were in the vicinity, they recovered the people who had made their way back to the vessel and perilously, negotiated the wooden stakes to evacuate them to safety at Ridge Wharf. The D class then returned to the vessel which was up in the reeds but now floating as the tide was coming back. The lifeboat freed it from the reeds, and towed the vessel to Ridge Wharf to meet the owners.
Meanwhile, the Atlantic lifeboat had set off on exercise to North Haven Yacht Club at around 6pm, they had arranged to visit to the Yacht club to meet the younger members, just as they set off, the UK Coastguard tasked the Atlantic to locate two paddle boarders who had got into difficulty east of Brownsea.
The lifeboat found the paddle boarders, on their boards being blown by the wind across to Brownsea, they were both tired and were really struggling to get back. The paddle boarders and equipment were transferred onto the lifeboat, the crew checked that they were okay and wrapped the casualties up to keep warm. They then took the pair back, landing them safely ashore at Evening Hill.
As both were safe and sound, the lifeboat continued onto North Haven Yacht club as they arrived at the pontoons, passing the rope to tie alongside the UK coastguard requested the lifeboat again to assist a 17ft cabin cruiser with three people on-board, they had broken down west of Brownsea, and were drifting. The D class was on route back to station from Ridge Wharf. They were near to Poole Yacht Club and responded as they were nearer to the vessel at that time.
The D Class diverted and went alongside the stricken vessel, they checked everyone was okay, the Atlantic was soon on scene and secured a tow line. With the wind strengthening the Atlantic brought the vessel back safely to Dolphin Haven.
With everyone safe and well, both lifeboats were back at the station, refueled and ready for service by 8.30pm.
Volunteer Jonathan Clark said;
“There was a fresh wind out in the harbor today and it caught a few people out, we are always happy to help and they all did the right thing raising the alarm'
'We are sorry that we had to disappoint the youngsters, we hope to rearrange the visit to North Haven Yacht Club in the near future, it was just one of those nights'.
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.