Poole’s inshore lifeboat was tasked by UK Coastguard on Monday evening (July 2) at 6.45pm to a report that a paddle boarder required assistance at Whitely Lake which is the dedicated board sailing at Sandbanks, inside the harbour.
The D class ‘Gladys Maud Burton’ was soon on scene and on arrival found that the exhausted paddle boarder had taken refuge on a yacht moored by, the yacht had contacted the coastguard.
The lifeboat crew checked that the paddle boarder was okay and then took them back to shore.
The lifeboat returned back to station, refuelled and was ready for service at 8.15pm
Volunteer helmsman Steve Porter said;
‘Conditions in the harbour were quite choppy, the South Easterly wind had strengthened just catching the casualty out, conditions can change swiftly and it is always recommended to have a means for calling for help’.