Poole Lifeboat Open day (Sunday August 5) was a resounding success, the sun shone, and the crowds kept coming to experience first-hand the work that the busy lifeboat station and crew at Poole do.
Then, just after a demonstration as the crew were re-housing the equipment, the lifeboat launched in earnest.
The helm had heard communications over the radio from the Sandbanks Chain Ferry to Harbour Control reporting their concerns for an overturned kayaker at the Harbour entrance.
With authorisation from the Lifeboat Operations Manager the lifeboat launched for real at 1.15, it was on- scene shortly after.
The lifeboat crews found the person he was still in the water, but being towed by a passing double kayak towards Shell Bay. They located, the person near the rocky shore at the Chain Ferry so the safest option was to pull the casualty on-board along with his kayak.
Unharmed by the event the person and his kayak were taken to the beach at Shell Bay.
The Lifeboat then returned back to the very busy Open Day.
Volunteer Helm Dave Riley said;
‘It’s not usual for us to have a call on our annual Open Day for real and It gives the crowds an opportunity to see a launch in action. The harbour entrance was extremely busy, with passing vessels, funnelling in and out, creating a lot of wash, not an ideal place to be capsized’.
And with the boat gone there was still plenty for the crowds to do and see, they had the opportunity to tour the new floating lifeboat house and climb aboard relief lifeboats that were alongside. There was side stalls and an amazing puppet show, ‘The Beach Buddies’ it was a great hit, based on the set up like a traditional Punch and Judy, the beach buddies shared key safety messages with the youngsters, helping them to stay safe, when they go to the beach. The puppeteers had travelled all the way from Portishead where the RNLI’s newest lifeboat station is based, all at Poole lifeboat station are very grateful for their support and the unique way of sharing important messages.
Poole lifeboat volunteer Anne Marie Clark said;
‘It was another successful day, a lot of hard work was put in behind the scenes by the Open day planning team and it was staggering, the army of lifeboat friends, family and volunteers who turned up in force on the day to help us. It was also great to welcome our rescue partners from Poole Coastguard, the Fire and rescue crew, marine police and community RNLI sea safety team. Finally a massive thank you has to be acknowledged to all the businesses and people with huge hearts that supported by donating prizes, and by coming along today to support us, it really was heartening, interacting with such lovely people. The money raised is still being counted, but it will all go to help us, to save lives at sea ’.