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Poole Lifeboat launched to a report Kite surfer in difficulty.

Poole Lifeboat launched to a report Kite surfer in difficulty.

Poole Lifeboat volunteers were tasked Thursday (November 23) at 13:30, the first report was that a Kite surfer had got into difficulty off Bournemouth Pier.
The lifeboat arrived on scene and searched the immediate area, then continued to search from Bournemouth Pier to Boscombe Pier. After thoroughly searching the area and finding nothing untoward, the volunteers spoke to other Kite surfers and surfers who were in the area, they confirmed that the Kite Surfer that had been purported to be in difficulty had actually made it safely ashore.
Conditions out in Poole Bay were quite lively, with the wind south westerly 5 to 6, with confirmation that the casualty was safe, the lifeboat volunteers returned back to station, after refuelling the lifeboat was ready for service by 15.30


Lovely Local Support For A Hungry Crew!

Huge thanks to Baffi Pizzeria tonight!

Tonight our volunteer crew launched at teatime and spent a few dark hours searching Poole Bay in choppy, blustery conditions. When they returned to the station they received a warm welcome!

After refuelling the lifeboats the crew were also refuelled as they discovered four authentic Neopolitan pizza’s had been dispatched and delivered straight from the wood fired ovens of Baffi, the new Pizzaria that has just opened up this week in the Old High Street.

The crew very much enjoyed them and can highly recommend them!


Baffi, thankyou so much for your support!

Poole Lifeboats Launched

Both Poole Lifeboats tasked to search for a person possibly in the water
On Tuesday November 21 at 17.37 both the Atlantic 85 and D Class launched to a report of a distressed person, dressed in dark clothing who had possibly entered the water in between Shore Road and Alum Chine.
The lifeboat crews arrived on scene and worked together saturating the area, they were joined by a training Trent Class lifeboat nearby.
The D Class scoured close in along the shoreline, with the coastguards searching the water’s edge, the helicopter was also requested.
Conditions out in Poole Bay were pitch black with a fresh south westerly wind that made it quite choppy.
News came through that the person had been found ashore, the helicopter was stood down and at 19:10 the lifeboat crews were also stood down, the Trent continued on passage and the Poole Lifeboats headed back to station.
After refuelling both lifeboats were ready for service by 20:00.

Poole Lifeboat volunteers have had a busy few days!

On Thursday November 16 at 11.25 Poole lifeboat volunteers were requested to launch by Solent Coastguard to a report of an 18ft vessel with two people on-board that had had found themselves aground near the entrance to the Wareham river.

As the crew made their way to assist, the tide had come back and the vessel had managed to successfully re-float and had headed back to their berth at Cobbs Quay.
Then at 16.26 the pagers set off again this time it was a report that someone was in the water.
A few of the crew reside on the Hamworthy side of the bridge and there was little time to get across to the station before the bridge lifted, however an agreement was put in place earlier in the year that guaranteed that in an emergency the bridge operator would suspend the lift, allowing crew to get to the station. 

The report from Solent Coastguard was that a distressed person was in the water off Alum Chine, light was fading fast, the lifeboat launched immediately and the crew were soon on scene. They located the person and a crew member entered the water gently and calmly to speak with the casualty.

As darkness fell, the casualty agreed to transfer onto the lifeboat and be taken back to the lifeboat station where an ambulance was standing by. After refuelling the lifeboat was ready for service by 18.30.

Three of the four crew that went out on the Atlantic for the Shout, came over the bridge from Hamworthy so the station is very grateful to the Borough of Poole and the Bridge Operators for agreeing to delay the lift as it probably saved someone’s life.

On Saturday November 19, the D class lifeboat was tasked to assist a dinghy with two people on-board that had been spotted capsized near to Jenkins Marine, near to Truckline.

As the crew made their way round, the Herbert Ballam tug had gone to check that they were okay. The casualties were transferred from the tug and taken to Poole Yacht Club to warm up, the PYC safety boat assisted in recovering the dinghy. The lifeboat returned back to station.

Brilliant Ben Does It Again!!

Brilliant Ben does it again!
Raising funds for Poole Lifeboat Station
Although only 13 years old Ben Gregory is a seasoned fundraiser for Poole Lifeboat Station, it began when he was 7 years old raising £230 from a sponsored bike ride from Bournemouth Pier to Boscombe Pier, this followed by another bike ride a year or so later and then a sponsored swim, which is what he did again in his recent challenge, he completed 100 lengths raising an amazing £260

Ben trained hard and he was determined to raise money that will enable the volunteers at Poole lifeboat station to help save lives at sea. This brings his fundraising total so far, over the years to an amazing £940.
Ben a pupil at Carter Community School met up with Jonathan Clark Poole lifeboat stations longest serving crewman to proudly present his cheque, they met at the Old Lifeboat station which is now the Poole Lifeboat museum. Jon shared with Ben, how his father had also served on the crew at the old lifeboat station, it was then the operational lifeboat station, Jon explained that his dad had joined the crew in a specific role as an RNLI ‘swimmer’, the swimmer would be deployed from the lifeboat to swim to the casualty and take ropes or a line and be the first on scene, his dad went on to be the 2nd Coxswain.
Ben is going to continue with his swimming and is thinking of becoming a lifeguard Jon hopes that one day he may consider joining the crew as Ben’s commitment, drive and endurance would be very beneficial and he is currently volunteering for the RNLI for one of his commitments towards his DOE (Duke of Edinburgh bronze award.

Remembrance Day Parade 2017

Poole Lifeboat volunteers looking smart at today’s Remembrance Parade in Poole Park.

Volunteer crew member Huggy Huggins carried the RNLI standard and said ‘it was an honour for all of us to represent Poole Lifeboat Station this morning. It was fantastic to see this service was supported by such a huge number of local people and organisations. On a personal note, carrying the RNLI flag was a proud moment for me.’


A Big Thankyou To All!

It’s not everyday our crews pop to ASDA in drysuits.

This time it was no emergency but volunteers were collecting a cheque for £500 after a kind donation from the local ASDA store.

Thanks again to all that popped the green charity tokens into the Poole Lifeboat column.


War of the Workhorses!

Inshore lifeboats, B class and D class are the workhorses of the RNLI, and we have both!

This week saw our 100th call this year, that’s a lot of times our volunteers pagers have sounded here at Poole.

Read on to find out a little more about our boats:

A Great View Of Poole Bridge

A great overhead view of our station and surrounding area!

Can you spot the piles in position for our new floating boathouse?

Thanks to @onthewinguav for the pics.

Are You A Medical Professional Living In Poole??

Are you a medical professional living or working in the Poole area?

We are looking to recruit a volunteer Lifeboat Medical Advisor (LMA).

We have several levels which could suit you. From purely acting as a shorebased advisor on medical matters to coming on our emergency medical call outs.

Please take a look at the link below and feel free to share with your GPs/ doctors.

If you are potentially interested in the role of a LMA but would like to chat through in a bit more detail before applying then we’d be delighted to meet you at the Station, show you around and chat through the role. If this is of interest or you would just like a chat in the first instance please email the Lifeboat Operations Manager at the Station – Paul Glatzel – please provide your mobile number so we can make contact with you – thanks.…/volunteer-lifeboat-medical-…

RNLI Christmas Market 2017

Get in the festive spirit at our Christmas Market. Father Christmas : Kids Workshops : Local Produce and Crafts : Festive Food : Live Music.

RNLI College West Quay Road Poole BH15 1HZ.

Sunday 3 December 2017 11-4pm.

Admission and parking FREE.


Reindeer Run 2017

Come and enjoy some fantastic festive family fun at the RNLI Reindeer Run at Moors Valley Country Park. Join in all the fun with RNLI mascots Rookie, Stormy and our special guest by taking part in our fun 10K and 5K fun runs and 1K Saunter to help raise money to save lives at sea.

Why not make it a family event and come and enjoy the wider activities Moors Valley has to offer?

Warm ups will start 15 minutes before each run. Further information will be sent out once you have signed up.

Please read our terms and conditions. You will need to agree to these as part of the sign up process.

If you have any questions about the Moors Valley Reindeer Run please contact your local Reindeer Run Team at

Race times

5K race starts at 10am

10K race starts at 10:30am

1k saunter starts at 11:00am

(Please note the 10K fun run will not start until the last 5K runner crosses a set point so the start may be delayed).

Check in

You will need to check in on the day. Please aim to arrive around an hour before your race starts and bring a copy of your confirmation email to the race as proof of ID. To take part you must have pre-registered – we regret that we cannot accept entries on the day