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Three Call Outs In A Row!

Three call outs in a row for Poole Lifeboat volunteers!

Poole Lifeboat volunteers were tasked three times on Sunday (February 4)
The first call out was at 15:15 to a report of a vessel that had gone aground in the river Frome at the entrance of the Wareham Channel.

The vessel a 24ft yacht had reported to have four people on-board, however when the lifeboat arrived they found that one person was aboard the vessels tender and three on the yacht.

Conditions out in the harbour were calm and clear with a blustery bitterly cold North Easterly wind that was gusting up to , low water was at 19:00.

When the lifeboat arrived on scene they checked that all the people and vessel were ok.

A lifeboat crewman was put on to the yacht and he secured a towline, the lifeboat towed the stricken vessel into deeper water, with its engine now running,  the towline was released.
In the meantime, the person in the tender had broken down and had been pushed into the shallows and up against the reeds. The lifeboat carefully approached and threw a line to pull the tender and one person to safety. The person was transferred onboard the lifeboat and the tender taken undertow.
The lifeboat followed the yacht back up the river to its mooring at Ridge.

Once all was safe and secure, the crew then returned back to station to warm up and refuel the lifeboat was ready for service by 17.45.

The next call for assistance came through at 19:20, darkness had fallen, and the skies were clear with a sharp chill in the air. The D class was requested to launch and assist a person in a dinghy that had broken down North of Brownsea Island.
The lifeboat volunteers were swiftly on scene and found the dinghy between the Old Chain Ferry barge and Brownsea lagoon, the crew checked that the person was okay and then attached a tow line and brought him back to Poole Quay and into Fishermen’s dock.

They then headed back to the station, when another request to launch came through from the Coastguard at 20:20, the Atlantic lifeboat was launched to a report of a distressed person on Bournemouth Pier, as the lifeboat crew got underway a radio message came over the airways affirming that the situation had changed and the person was deemed safe, so the lifeboat was stood down and requested by the Coastguard to return back to station.


Sunday, traditionally the day of rest, was not for the Poole Lifeboat volunteers and for two of them this evening was one they will always remember as Alex and Max partook in their ‘First official’ Shouts.

Well done new crew (with names ending in the letter X) it’s good to see all your training put into to practice! Congratulations on wetting your feet!

A Visit To National Maritime Operational Centre

Poole volunteers took time out for a visit to the National Maritime Operational Centre (NMOC) and the rescue helicopter base today.

After a short presentation from one of the coastguard Commanders the crew got the opportunity to enter the main hub where all the search planning and 999 calls happen.

During the look around a 999 call came in and the crews got the opportunity to see what happens from a coastguard perspective.

The volunteers then went onto the rescue helicopter base and spoke with the pilot and crew and got the opportunity to look around the helicopter itself.

A really useful day full of great discussions about our joined up aim of saving lives at sea.



A Peek At Our New Floating Boathouse!

Our new floating boathouse is coming along nicely after a few of our volunteers took the opportunity for a visit today. Being built in two parts one side will house the Atlantic 85 and the other will hold the D class and a new workshop.


Casualty Care Training Jan 18

This week our volunteers have been busy refreshing their Casualty Care skills.
With a focus on injuries crews got hands on with some of the equipment such as fracture straps, bandages, stretchers, neck collars and oxygen.

Huge thanks to College Trainer Leigh for delivering the training.

Poole Lifeboat Crew On Parade!

Poole Lifeboat crews on parade!
Thank you former crew mate Andrew Hawkes for sharing this clipping of the Poole Lifeboat crew who are on their way to the Coronation service, parading from the Civic centre, the occasion being the coronation of King George VI which took place at Westminster Abbey, on 12 May 1937.
HM The Queen has been Patron of the RNLI since 1952 and in the documentary that aired on Sunday evening, Queen Elizabeth recalls witnessing her father’s 1937 coronation when she was just 11 years old.
The crew in this picture are wearing their kapok lifejackets, the same style of lifejackets are on display in the Old lifeboat Station in fact they could be the very same lifejackets! The boats officers are wearing their peaked caps just as they do today and the Lifeboat flag is proudly held high.

In the early 1900s, kapok (used for stuffing cushions before its buoyant qualities were discovered) lifebelts came into use. Some crews refused to wear them, saying they were too cumbersome, so the design was modified several times. In spite of the early design problems, the brown canvas-covered kapok lifebelt remained in use until the late 1960s.
When the museum re-opens at easter why not pop down and have a look at them.

One Wave, Two Views…

One wave, two views. The D class took on some breaking waves this weekend as part of a routine training session. With two new crew on board this was a good introduction to the D class capabilities.


Training with Swanage Lifeboat

A chilly Sunday morning training session saw both our boats training with Swanage Lifeboat today before they got tasked on service. We did get the opportunity to all get some towing practice in which included the D class towing the all-weather lifeboat along at a couple of knots. The pictures show the Atlantic passing and taking up the tow. Great to work with our neighbouring station.



New Floating Boathouse Progress

Our new floating boathouse is really starting to take shape now. Being built in two parts one side will hold our Atlantic 85 and the other will hold our D class and a small workshop.

The yellow metal work you can see are hydraulic lifts which will lift our boats out of the water which helps avoid an element of corrosion but also allows our mechanics to work safely around the boats.

For more info on the build phases read more here: New Floating Boathouse