Reports of a windsurfer in difficulty sparks call for Poole lifeboat volunteers

Lifeboats News Release

Poole Lifeboat was requested to launch at 2pm, yesterday (Saturday May 23) after a report was received from a concerned member of the public ashore near to Parkstone Yacht Club, they reported seeing a windsurfer enter the water and then not re-emerge.

The Poole lifeboat volunteers were soon on scene by the Parkstone platform, where they spoke from a distance to a group of windsurfers who were out and about in the harbour, they were well organised and looking out for each other (pictured), they confirmed that they had not seen anyone else in the vicinity.

The lifeboat searched downwind towards Parkstone and Salterns, then back to the original reported position, conditions were choppy, and the WSW wind was strong, it was ideal for the thrill seekers out on their boards, with bracing winds that generated short sharp swells of sea spray.

The harbour rib joined in with the search, the lifeboat scoured the area, but as nothing untoward was found, it was considered a call with good intent.

As all was well the lifeboat returned back to the station and was made ready for service by 3pm.


Poole lifeboat out in blustery conditions


A group of windsurfers were found safe and well

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