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Poole Lifeboats continue extensive sea search at Rockley, Poole Harbour

Lifeboats News Release

Both Poole lifeboats have launched today (Tuesday July 27) to resume searching for a teenager who went missing yesterday.

An extensive search is being carried out of the harbour, the reeds, shorelines, mudbanks and waterways. Conditions at this time are good to moderate, now that the rain has passed through.

The station's lifeboats were first launched by HM Coastguard (Monday July 26) at 4pm to a report of multiple people in difficulty in the water, at Rockley Park.

The lifeboats made good speed and arrived at Rockley, where the volunteer crew liaised with the other assets on scene, one crew member was transferred ashore with a radio, to communicate information and act as a conduit.

It was soon apparent that the people were no longer in the water and were safe and being cared for, one person was still unaccounted for.
The inshore lifeboat went through the bridge into Lytchett Bay and began to search.

The Atlantic searched in the vicinity of Rockley, conditions were calm, a slight breeze and the tide was flooding at this juncture.

There were a lot vessels searching, the area was saturated with all types of vessels, jet skis, training boats that were able to get in to the shallow latches and through the bridge, local fishing boats were also searching and the Royal Marines sent assets and joined in the search. Other lifeboat volunteers arrived with Powerboat Training UK boats a huge search was underway.

The inshore lifeboat crew continued to search close into the shore scouring the area.

The Atlantic was on station by the bridge as the tide turned, vigilantly standing by.
Helicopter 175 from Lee-on Solent joined the search, covering Lytchett Bay, Wareham, Holton Heath and the reed banks.

After hours of searching the lifeboat crews were lastly asked to search from Rockley along Ham Common to Lake Pier, as light was failing UK Coastguard requested that the Lifeboat Stand down with thanks and to return to station, other assets continued the search on the land.

The lifeboats arrived back at 9pm, other lifeboat volunteers had come down to the station to help with the wash down, refuel and debrief.

As the search continues our thoughts are with the missing persons family and friends, and our search and rescue colleagues at this time.

Video footage shows both Poole RNLI lifeboats conducting yesterday’s search.

lifeboat in the harbour

Maisie-Mae Britts-Creed

Poole Lifeboat standing by at Rockley
Crew on lifeboat in the harbour

RNLI/Poole Lifeboat

Poole lifeboat volunteers searching for missing person

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