Poole RNLI launch on Christmas Day to reports of a red flare

Lifeboats News Release

Poole volunteers had their festive celebrations interrupted on Christmas Day as a request to launch the lifeboat was received by UK Coastguard.

RNLI/Dave Riley

Poole Atlantic lifeboat
A sighting of a red flare had been reported from a member of the public in the vicinity of the Wareham channel.

The lifeboat proceeded at 5:45pm in bitterly cold conditions to the Wareham Channel while Poole Coastguard Rescue Team also searched the area from the land. The lifeboat searched from Hamworthy to the entrance to Wareham and back to Rockley.

After an extensive search on the water and nothing found the lifeboat was stood down and returned to station at 7:30pm to hot chocolate and mince pies.

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