Both Poole Lifeboats launched this evening (Saturday March 11) to a report of a person in the water.
Poole Lifeboats launched at 19.10 requested by Solent Coastguard to a person in the water off Shore Road, the lifeboats were soon on scene and discovered the person in the water 100 yards off the beach.
The volunteers located the person, they talked to the casualty to encourage them to allow the crew to take them back to the safety of the shore. The casualty was recovered into the Atlantic 85 and taken ashore. The lifeboat crew then transferred the casualty across to the paramedics who were standing by.
The Lifeboat crews returned back to station and after refuelling they were ready for service by 21.45.
This was the first ‘Shout’ for the station’s new D’ Class Gladys Maud Burton. The latest Poole Lifeboat arrived on station a couple of weeks ago and this was also the first ‘Shout’ for the stations newly passed out Helmsman Jonathan Clark.
It’s full circle for the past Coxswain and Poole Lifeboat longest serving volunteer as almost twenty years ago Jonathan was a helmsman at the station until 1998 when he took on the role of Cox. His wealth of experience and knowledge of the harbour will continue to be a great asset to the station.
Jonathan and other members of the crew during the winter have been on the water with intensive training and familiarisation with the new class of boat to the station.
Although it has been quiet ‘pager’ wise, the crew have been busy refreshing their Casualty Care skills with assessments at the lifeboat station. Volunteer lifeboat crews are required to treat casualties in demanding and stressful environments they need to have the knowledge and ability to assess the injury or illness and give vital first aid. It can mean the difference between life and death.