Poole Lifeboats continue extensive sea search at Rockley, Poole Harbour
Both Poole lifeboats have launched today (Tuesday July 27) to resume searching for a teenager who went missing yesterday.
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.
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 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.
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.
Video footage shows both Poole RNLI lifeboats conducting yesterday’s search.
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