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RNLI Mudeford tasked to assist paddleboarders

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI Mudeford was tasked by HM Coastguard this evening at 8.41pm after a report of five paddleboarders possibly in trouble off Southbourne beach, near Fisherman’s Walk.

RNLI/Claire Hellier

The report mentioned five paddleboarders heading east but making poor progress. Due to the failing light and concern for their welfare, RNLI Mudeford Servant Atlantic 85 lifeboat launched and headed to Southbourne to start a search.

When the lifeboat arrived on scene the volunteer crew identified three paddleboarders close to the shore and not in any trouble. The crew performed a shoreline search around Fisherman’s Walk and Boscombe Pier, stepping out further on each shoreline pass. The search pattern is shown in the asset tracker picture.

It was determined to be a false alarm due to failing light and a possible mistaken view of lobster pots with flags out in the bay. RNLI Mudeford are always happy to respond to reports of good intent. We took the shout as another great opportunity for one of our trainee helms, Liam, to act as helm with the support of a more senior helm onboard. 👏.

RNLI Mudeford Servant was returned to the lifeboat house and ready for service again by 10.00pm

If you are a paddleboarder, take a look at our expert tips on how to SUP and stay safe

If you find yourself or anyone else in trouble in the water, please call 999 immediately and ask for the Coastguard.

RNLI/Claire Hellier

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