Poole RNLI launch to false alarm with good intent
Poole’s Inshore lifeboat was launched by UK Coastguard (Friday, February 19) just after 4.30pm.
The D class was soon away and made its way down the harbour where conditions were breezy with showers, there was a southerly wind force 4-5 whipping up a sharp chop.
Volunteer Helm, Dave Riley said: ‘The member of the public did absolutely the right thing, reporting what they perceived as, someone in difficulty, it is always better to be safe than sorry, safety is always our priority’.
The lifeboat returned to station, after refuelling and a wash down it was made ready for service just before 5pm.
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.