Lifeboat Launched To Person In Water 20/12/2018

Poole Lifeboat was launched last night at 22.20 (Thursday December 20) to a report of a person in the water between the Boscombe and Bournemouth piers.

Volunteers were at the station for their annual pre-Christmas gathering as the pagers rang out, the duty crew were swift to respond.

The lifeboat was soon on scene, through the squally showers, with the sea running at a 3 metre swell and gusting south westerly winds.

Due to the weather conditions, the Poole Helm requested Swanage Lifeboat Station to launch to assist, and then information came through that a person was safe, ashore with an ambulance crew, but then concerns were raised, as the first informant had not been accounted for and their mobile was unattainable, there was a strong possibility that they had entered the water to help recover the initial casualty.

Poole CoastguardSouthbourne Coastguard and the Police were also on scene and the coastguard helicopter, ‘Rescue 163 from Lydd was also tasked.

An intensive search ensued of the area and shoreline involving all resources, Poole Lifeboat crews covered from Durley Chine to Boscombe Pier through the relentless breaking waves.

After several hours of searching, nothing untoward was found, the decision was made by UK Coastguard to stand all assets down, Poole Lifeboat volunteers returned back to station, exhausted and were ready for service by 2am.

Night time rough weather call

The winter weather is certainly here and for the second time this week our volunteers have faced strong southerly winds and rough seas.Take a look at this 8 second clip. This is what our volunteers endured for over three hours in a recent search.

Posted by Poole Lifeboat Station on Saturday, 22 December 2018