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Poole Lifeboats respond to incident at Bournemouth Air Show

Lifeboats News Release

Both Poole Lifeboats were out on the water on Saturday (September 4) for the Bournemouth Air Show. At just before 4pm, the station's Atlantic 85 had just begun to head back to station when information came through the radio that an incident was unfolding.

Two casualties were in the water following an incident involving a biplane near to the Haven Hotel.

The lifeboat was 2 nautical miles, or 5 minutes, away and proceeded with speed to the scene, with Poole's D-Class inshore lifeboat not far behind.

Once on scene, the lifeboat crew identified that both casualties had been recovered from the water by a passing dinghy and taken to North Haven. No other persons were missing.

The lifeboat volunteers proceeded to North Haven, where three crew were transferred onto the vessel to administer casualty care. An RNLI Lifeguard also attended to help, along with Coastguard volunteers. The casualties were transferred into the care of South West Ambulance Service and were taken to hospital.

The Atlantic returned to station and was ready for service by 5pm, while the D-Class remained out in the harbour.


RNLI crew on front of the lifeboat

RNLI/Poole Lifeboat

Poole Lifeboat D Class arrive on scene

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