Poole RNLI volunteers rescue paddleboarder blown over a mile out to sea

Lifeboats News Release

Poole Lifeboat was requested to launch my HM Coastguard at 7.15pm (Sunday July 16) to a report of a paddle boarder getting blown out to the shipping channel, from Middle Beach, Studland.

The lifeboat was swiftly away and headed to Studland, where the first informant was ashore with Swanage Coastguard they were in mobile contact with the casualty, the coastguard was able to guide the lifeboat to the paddleboarders position which was 1.5 miles off Middle Beach.

Conditions were blustery, with a west-southwest wind blowing 5 to 6.

The lifeboat came alongside the casualty and checked that they were okay, they transferred the casualty into the lifeboat. The volunteer crew continued assessing the casualty, who was okay but very cold. The crew also recovered the paddleboard and returned to Middle Beach.

The lifeboat landed the casualty ashore and passed her to the care of Swanage coastguard, as all was well, the lifeboat returned to station, refuelled, and was ready for service by 9pm.

This was the 76th launch so far this year for the Poole Lifeboat volunteers.

Tips to keep you safe:
  • Have a lesson. This will develop your skills and knowledge making you time on the water more enjoyable in the future.
  • Be aware of your environment and hazards. Understand the location you are supping in – does it change the equipment you need? Strong tidal currents could make it difficult to paddle in your chosen direction or even be unpredictable making you tire quickly. It's always advisable to understand the location you are paddling in as this will really help your SUPing experience.
  • If you can, always go with a friend. It’s more fun, and they can help you if you get into difficulty.
  • Remember to Float to Live. If you end up in the water unexpectedly or are in trouble in the water without your board then float on your back.
  • Check the weather forecast and tide times before you set out. If the water is too choppy, you might find it difficult, especially if you are a beginner. And be aware, the conditions can change quickly. If in doubt don’t go out.
  • Tell someone where you're going and when you'll be back. Don't leave the house without a mobile phone or communication device.
  • Wear suitable clothing for the time of year. In the winter, you will want to use a wet or dry suit. In the summer although it may feel warm the water is often still very cold and if you fall in unexpectedly you might experience cold water shock so consider wearing a wetsuit.
  • If you are launching on a lifeguarded beach, make sure you launch and recover between the black and white chequered flags. There should be less swimmers in this area, giving you more room to manoeuvre. Consider other water users by learning the rights of way in the surf. This can save you and others getting injured.


Poole lifeboat approaching the paddleboarder

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