Third day of multiple calls for Poole Lifeboat volunteers
Poole volunteers have seen the busy period continue having launched 14 times in three days.
Poole Lifeboat volunteers launched today in full PPE, Monday (June 1) at 1.15pm to a report of a possible person in the water off Bournemouth Pier. The RNLI Lifeguards had recovered an inflatable from the water and there could have been potentially a person with it. When the lifeboat arrived on scene, the RNLI lifeguards had the inflatable on the shore, the lifeboat conducted a search of the area but nothing untoward was found so began to head back.
Conditions in Poole Bay were slight with an easterly wind and the beach was busy.
The lifeboat crew were then alerted to a person on a Lilo near to Alum Chine, they were out of their depth and had signalled for help, the lifeboat crew gently nudged the Lilo back to shallower waters where another person swam out to recover it and bring it back closer to shore.
The Coastguard then deployed the lifeboat to assist a broken-down jet ski with 2 people on board which was at the entrance of the harbour by the Chain Ferry. As the lifeboat arrived on scene they found a jet ski fitting the description being towed by a small rib, the lifeboat crew escorted them both back to Shell Bay Marina.
The lifeboat returned to the entrance of the harbour, and they were flagged down by a grey rib with two people on-board that had broken down, the lifeboat stood by and shielded the rib from the constant stream of vessels passing by, whilst the rib skipper managed to restart their engine, which he did and they were happy to continue on their own.
Whilst passing through the harbour, the lifeboat was then waved at, by a broken-down red speedboat with 2 people on-board they were near the Bell Buoy, not far from Brownsea Castle. A towline was attached and the lifeboat began to take the stricken vessel back to Baitor slipway when a person in the water holding onto a jet ski close by also beckoned, indicating that he needed assistance, the lifeboat crew went alongside to the Jet Ski, he had broken down and required help getting back to the shore.
The Lifeboat requested that the D Class be launched to assist, in the meantime they took the red speed boat and the jet ski in tow and then rendezvoused with the D Class who took over the tow of the Jet Ski.
Both vessels were returned to Baitor Slipway, the lifeboat crews helped to get them both ashore where the volunteer Poole Search and Rescue Coastguards also attended.
With everyone safely ashore, the lifeboats returned to station and after a thorough deep clean the lifeboats were refueled and made ready for service by 5pm.
Volunteer Helm Jonathan Clark said;
‘It was a full on 2 and ½ hours for the crew today, on the back of a hectic weekend, with call outs for all sorts of things. We understand that people want to enjoy the good weather but please be prepared and don’t put yourself at risk, if you are or if you see anyone in difficulty, please call 999 and ask for the Coastguard as conditions, weather and tides can change very quickly, please stay safe ’.
Today was the start of volunteer week
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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.