Back to back calls for Poole RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Poole Lifeboat was launched at 2.10pm Sunday (26 September) to a report of 3 paddle boarders clinging to a buoy near Brownsea Castle.


Poole lifeboat approaching the jetski in difficulty
The lifeboat was soon underway, conditions in the harbour were choppy as the south westerly wind had begun to pick up.

When the lifeboat arrived on scene, they found the paddle boarders were safely ashore on Brownsea, where they were staying, one crew member went ashore to check they were okay, which they were, so the lifeboat crew returned to station.

Whilst on route back to the station, the lifeboat crew were tasked to help Swanage Lifeboat Station to take over a tow of a 24ft yacht with 2 people on-board, the yacht had encountered an electrical fire.

As the Poole lifeboat crew were making their way to rendezvous with the Swanage crew, they were redeployed to a jet ski at Shell Bay with two youngsters, the report was that the Jet ski had broken down.

On arrival, the lifeboat found one person on the jet ski and one was in the water, the crew checked that they were okay and took the casualties onto the lifeboat and brought them and their jet ski back to Baiter Slip.

Once safely ashore, the Poole crew caught up with Swanage Lifeboat and took over the tow bringing the yacht safely back to its mooring off Dorset Lake Shipyard.

The lifeboat returned to station, after a busy afternoon, after wash down and refuelling, the lifeboat was ready for service by 5pm.


The jetski under tow


The jetski at Baiter slipway


Jetski under town passing Swanage lifeboat


Poole lifeboat taking the tow over from Swanage Lifeboat

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