Poole lifeboat launched to fishing vessel on fire

Lifeboats News Release

Poole Lifeboat was launched this morning Tuesday September 24 to a report of a vessel on fire west of Brownsea.

The lifeboats were tasked to a 24ft fishing boat with one person on-board that was reported to be on fire, when the volunteers arrived on scene, they found that the fire had been extinguished by another fishing vessel that was in the area. They had also evacuated the person off the stricken vessel.

Once on scene the casualty was transferred across onto the lifeboat and crew checked that he was okay, they took the casualty back to the lifeboat station to get warmed up.

There weather was taxing with batches of squally showers blowing through on a slight south westerly, with heavy rain and lightning in the area, it wasn’t a good day to be out on the water.

The lifeboat left the casualty with volunteers at the station, then returned back to the burnt out boat.

The fishing boat that was first on scene and had put the fire out, had taken the vessel undertow and was heading back to Fishermans dock which is at the east end of the quay, the lifeboat crew headed there and were on the quayside to help moor the vessel up. Dorset and Wilts fire and Rescue also arrived on scene with Poole Coastguard to check the vessel out.

The lifeboat returned back to station after refueling and washing down it was ready for service by 10am.

Poole lifeboat launched again at 11.50am to transfer a casualty from a vessel in Holes bay, the lifeboat went alongside and the casualty was transferred onto the lifeboat and brought back to the station.

The lifeboat was made ready for service by 12.30pm.


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