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Poole RNLI launched to paddleboarder blown offshore

Lifeboats News Release

Poole Lifeboat was requested to launch yesterday (August 1) by HM Coastguard to reports of a person drifting out to sea on a paddleboard from Studland Bay.

RNLI/Dave Riley

In a strong blustery westerly wind the lifeboat proceeded at best speed in choppy conditions.

Further information came in that a 15-year old was on a board drifting towards the main shipping channel.

As the lifeboat arrived in the vicinity information came through that an inshore lifeboat on trials in the area had picked up two paddleboarders and returned them to shore.

Unsure if they were the same incident, a volunteer from Poole Lifeboat was dropped ashore to speak with the person and the first informant.

It was confirmed this was the person reported to be in difficulty by family members ashore.

Poole volunteer Max said: ‘Thankfully people ashore called the emergency services so help was underway quickly.

‘With the strong westerly winds, close inshore to Studland would be nice and protected, however we’ve had a number of incidents where people have ventured further off and been caught out by the wind.

‘Our advice is to always try to avoid offshore winds, even if it seems nice and calm close inshore, wear a buoyancy aid and always carry a means of calling for help.’

This was launch 83 for Poole volunteers.

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