Poole Lifeboats and fire service attend fire on Brownsea Island

Lifeboats News Release

Both Poole Lifeboat were launched at 1.45pm (Monday August 1) by UK Coastguard to a report of a fire on Browne Island, the lifeboat volunteers were tasked to transfer firefighters from Dorset Fire and Rescue to Brownsea Island.

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Poole lifeboat volunteers observing smoke on Brownsea Island
The Lifeboats swiftly launched and headed to Royal Motors Yacht Club to rendezvous with Dorset Fire and Rescue who were standing by to be transported to Maryland, northwest of Brownsea Island, where the smoke could be seen.

The both lifeboats delivered the firefighters ashore, the D Class stood by, whilst the Atlantic was re-tasked to a report of another fire, this one a boat fire, on a vessel with three people on-board somewhere between the Chain ferry and Old Harry.

Conditions were clear and fine with a south westerly breeze 3 to 4.

The fire on Brownsea was soon under control and the Firefighters confirmed that they would catch the ferry back, so the D Class was released with thanks and returned to station at 3pm.

Meanwhile the lifeboat had located the vessel outside the harbour and assessed the situation, thankfully there was no evidence of fire heat or smoke, it had abated.

The lifeboat crew sought permission from Poole Harbour Control to bring the boat back into Poole harbour because of its position in the channel and the fact that the Condor was just about to depart. The decision was made to tow the vessel back through the harbour to its berth at Moriconium Quay.

As the stricken vessel was safe, the lifeboat was stood down and returned to station. After refuelling the lifeboat was made ready for service by 4.30pm.

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