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Person rescued from water in early hours call for Poole RNLI volunteers

Lifeboats News Release

Both Poole lifeboats launched at 2:20am Saturday (July 29) at the request of HM Coastguard who had received reports of a person in the water off Poole Quay requiring assistance.

Both lifeboats were swiftly onscene and located a member of public onboard one of the moored up ferries trying to assist the person.

The person had been in the water and was now stuck on a wooden beam on the quay wall in between a moored ferry.

Two lifeboat crew boarded the ferry while another three stepped ashore.

Despite the tricky location, the crew were able to recover the person onto the ferry and then onto the quay.

A casualty care assessment was carried out and the bystander reported the person had hit their head.

With Poole Coastguard Rescue Team also onscene the casualty was handed over to the ambulance service for a check over.

Both lifeboats were ready for service by 3:30am.

Thank you to the bystander who first offered assistance to the casualty and to the person who made the emergency call.

This was launch 79 & 80 for Poole volunteers this year.


Poole volunteers reaching down for the casualty


Poole volunteers with the person now on the side of the vessel

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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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