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Poole Lifeboat Launched 18/05/18

Poole Lifeboat launched earlier and was tasked by UK Coastguard at 18.00 (Friday May 18) to a report of a vessel broken down.

The small yacht with two people on-board had encountered engine failure just off Sandbanks Beach close to the Chain Ferry.

The volunteers were soon on scene and after checking that the people on-board were okay the crew attached a tow line and brought them safely back through the harbour to Poole yacht club. 
When all was safe and secure, the lifeboat returned back to station and was ready for service at 20.30.

This was the 7th call out for the busy station in 4 days

Poole Lifeboats Launched For 5th & 6th Time In 3 Days

The busy spell continues for the Poole Lifeboat Volunteers. Today at 12.45pm, Poole lifeboat was requested to launch by UK Coastguard (Thursday May 17) to a 31ft yacht with two people on-board, the yacht had got caught out on the edge of the Training bank, incurring damaged to its rudder.
The Training Bank runs alongside Shell Bay, it is a long low bank of rocks that ‘train’ the tidal flow in and out of the harb
our and can be quite treacherous. The lifeboat was on scene by 13.00 and found the vessel at anchor on the edge of the Swash Channel. Two crew were transferred across, they made sure all on-board were okay, they then checked the vessel over, looking for any signs of an ingress of water as there may have been unseen damage.
The weather out in the bay was fine, but with the light easterly wind there was slight chop on the water.
As nothing untoward was found, the crew set up an ‘alongside tow’, and brought the stricken vessel back through the Harbour to East Dorset Sailing Club, the lifeboat left the vessel on its mooring as the occupants were happy to make their own way ashore, the lifeboat returned back to station.
Meanwhile, the D class lifeboat was requested to launch at 14.50 to assist a Jet Ski, who was broken down near to Lake Pier as the lifeboat arrived on scene, they found the jet skier had swam ashore to the beach, he was very cold, so the crew took him on-board and towed the Jet Ski back to Baiter Slipway where he had launched earlier.
As all was well the crew returned back to station and after refuelling they were ready for service after 15.15pm.

Volunteer Helm Alex Evans said;
‘It has been a very busy period for the crew, with the weather set fair for the weekend if you are thinking of going afloat, please can we remind people to wear a lifejacket or a personal flotation device and be aware of cold water shock. If you do enter the water, wearing a lifejacket will help you withstand cold water shock and prolong your survival long enough for you to be recovered, We would also urge people to have a means for calling for assistance, like the jet skier today, as any of us can get caught out or breakdown, if you are unfortunate to do so, we will be on call ready to help’.

This was the 5th and 6th launch for the crews in the past 3 days.

Poole Lifeboat Launched 16/05/18

Poole Lifeboat was in action again for the 4th time in two days today (May 16).

A 26ft yacht with two people onboard was making its approach through the harbour entrance when its engine failed. With the tide flowing out of the harbour a call was made for assistance.

The lifeboat launched at 4:45pm and shortly after arrived onscene. A local harbour patrol boat had attached a tow and was keeping the vessel away from danger. The lifeboat passed a crew member onboard and attached their own tow and took the vessel safely back to Poole Quay.

Helm James Kilburn said ‘it’s been a busy 48 hours for us. If you are heading to sea or near the coast please take care and Respect The Water.’

The lifeboat was re-fuelled and ready for service by 6pm

Late Night Launches For Poole Lifeboat 15/05/18

The Poole volunteers were once again in action late yesterday (15 May) as the pagers sounded again at 11pm.

A 30ft cabin cruiser with 3 people onboard had suffered a flat battery and was drifting between the Harbour entrance and Old Harry Rocks.

On arrival a crew member was put onboard to help attach a tow and the vessel and 3 occupants were taken back to Poole Quay Boat Haven.

As they tied up alongside the lifeboat was re-tasked to its 3rd call in only a matter of hours as they went to a 45ft yacht aground just outside Cobbs Quay.

With the tide falling a crew member was swiftly put onboard and the vessel towed clear.

The lifeboat was then re-fuelled and ready for service by 1:45am.

Helm Alex Evans said ‘it’s been a busy day for our volunteers as they’ve dealt with a capsized vessel, broken down boats and most recently one that has run aground. Our crews put in a lot of effort training for all these eventualities.’

Launch To Capsized Vessel 15/05/18

Poole Lifeboat was paged by UK Coastguard today for an immediate launch at 11:26 after receiving reports of a capsized sailing dinghy and two people in the water.

The lifeboat was quickly onscene east of Brownsea Island and located the upturned vessel with one person still on it. One person had been recovered onto a passing vessel.

The lifeboat crew took the one remaining person onboard and towed the partially submerged vessel into a beach at Brownsea Island. From this point the crews managed to re-right the vessel and empty it of water before towing it back to Poole Yacht Club.

Helm James Kilburn said ‘the two people in the water were wearing buoyancy aids so had the right kit on and thankfully some passing vessels put in the call for help’.

The lifeboat was re-fuelled and ready for service by 1:30pm.

Congratulations To Our New Helm

At Poole we’ve successfully gained a newly qualified helm.

Volunteer Steve Porter has passed his final helm assessments on the D class.

Being a helm is no easy job. Steve started working on his helm development plan 18 months ago and has been assessed on a number of units such as manage search and rescue, manage launch and recovery, manage towing to name a few plus a final command passout which pulled all Steve’s training together in one scenario.

On station Steve joins 8 other helms which means he’ll now have the responsibility of taking the D class to sea, choosing which crew to take and making decisions whilst at sea.

Steve said, ‘I’ve had great support during my helm training from crew mates and station management, I’m really pleased all the training and hard work has paid off.’

Well done Steve!

A Bit Of TLC For The Boats

Launching over 100 times last year on service calls to assist those in need and probably the same amount for training our boats always need to be ready to go at a moments notice.

Luckily we have two volunteer mechanics and here you can see them giving the boats some TLC. All kit is removed, washed and re-stowed. During the year they carry out weekly, fortnightly and six-monthly checks to ensure everything is working properly.

Atlantic mechanic Joe Manning said ‘the boats need to be ready to go 24/7. From doing basic repairs and fault finding to re ordering stock such as first aid equipment it’s a busy role but essential to saving lives at sea.’

Joe added ‘with the new boathouse almost complete this will certainly make the role easier in the winter months, with the boats under cover and a workshop close by this will really be beneficial.’

📸 Joe Manning

Some Sad News.

With a heavy heart, we share the news that the Poole Lifeboat family has lost one of its characters today. John Clark snr, with brine in his blood, from a long line of master mariners and fishermen he joined the crew as a swimmer along with Dave Coles, they were divers together and had never ending lungs.,John was also the British Spearfishing Champion.
They served at the Old Lifeboat Station on the Quay, Salterns and where the Station is today, serving as ILB crew, then 2nd Coxswain, assistant Mechanic. After he stood down he was actively involved in fundraising supporting his wife Mary, who was souvenir secretary. He shared his splicing skills on many Open days or he was involved on the water in the demonstrations, usually playing the roll of ‘drunk who goes overboard’.
He continued the Sprats supper at Lilliput sailing club and fish supper at the Station feeding the five thousand after the service of the sea, and was Father Christmas until recently and so much more. He always had time for a yarn and was happiest afloat in his beloved harbour or what he called his dung heap, along side this he volunteered for The Green Island holiday charity as boatman. His straight talking and ‘colloquialisms always raised a smile and we will miss him but are richer for his presence in our Station  life. 

God bless and god speed as you cross the bar.

Launches For Both Boats 06/05/18

A busy afternoon as Poole Lifeboats deal with multiple incidents

Both Poole Lifeboats were in action this afternoon (May 6) as the first launch for the sunny Bank Holiday came in at 1:20pm.

The Atlantic was requested to assist Swanage Lifeboat who had a 40ft yacht under tow into Poole which put out a Mayday after taking on water off Swanage.

Poole Lifeboat and Swanage Lifeboat met at the entrance to the Swash channel just outside Poole Harbour and the ingress of water was now under control. Two Poole volunteers were put aboard the yacht with the salvage and the two Swanage crew and salvage pump were then transferred back by Poole Lifeboat.

Just as Poole Lifeboat was about to take over the tow they were waved down by a jet-skier who reported a 28ft motor boat broken down and drifting further out to sea. As Poole Lifeboat responded the Swanage Lifeboat towed the yacht, now with one Poole crew onboard and the pump to a mooring just inside Poole Harbour. Poole Lifeboat quickly located the 28 ft motor boat and proceeded to tow the vessel in.

Poole Lifeboat requested the launch of Poole ILB to deal with the 28ft motor boat so they could then deal with the 40ft yacht which was still being managed by the salvage pump. With Poole ILB launching and Poole Lifeboat now in the harbour Swanage Lifeboat returned to station.

The 40ft yacht was successful towed into Poole Yacht Club and meantime Poole ILB had towed the 28ft vessel to Poole Quay Boat Haven and had received another tasking from UK Coastguard. The ILB was tasked to a 17ft vessel broken down off Hamworthy with one person onboard and this was also towed in to Poole Quay.

Poole Helm James Kilburn said ‘with the hot Bank Holiday weather many boats have taken advantage of the weather. Often the first trip out of the season highlights a number of issues which have built up over the winter months, always take care when preparing your boat for sea and ensure you have a means of calling for help’.

After a busy afternoon both Lifeboats were re-fuelled and ready for service by 5:30pm.

📷 Paul Glatzel



MayDay Welly Relay 2018

Giving the RNLI Mayday Welly some Welly by pedal power as it wheels it way around the south coast it’s visiting every lifeboat station on the way due to end up at Teddington RNLI Station on May 31st.

Volunteer crew members Steve, Huggy and Chris cycled the welly from Poole Station to the Thomas Tripp Pub in Christchurch to pass the welly to the Mudeford Station crew.

They made a few stops at some significant places on the way including the wonderful Poole Lifeboat Museum.

The campaign is ongoing for the whole of May and as the campaign this year draws to a close the RNLI is thanking those who have given their support to the lifesaving charity. The call went out to members of the public to ‘do their bit, fund our kit’ and it was hoped £750,000 would be raised to fund the crucial kit volunteer crews rely on, like lifejackets, helmets and the RNLI’s iconic yellow wellies.

As part of the fundraising events RNLI crews and volunteers have been getting involved in a Yellow Welly Relay, which has seen an iconic RNLI yellow welly transported from Portishead around the south west coast in many different ways.

From lifeboat, tall ship, helicopter and even a penny farthing, the yellow welly has made its way along the coast with the help of lifeguards, lifeboat crew members and RNLI, fundraisers and staff. It has also travelled by quad bike, rescue watercraft and bicycle as it was met by welcome parties and supporters from local communities.

As part of the fundraising efforts in the south west the Jurassic Skyline in Weymouth was illuminated yellow to highlight the Mayday campaign and the vital work the RNLI does.

Community Fundraising Manager at the RNLI Ellie Walker says: ‘The response from our volunteers has once again been terrific. More than £20,000 has already been raised across the south west over the last month, which will go towards the vital kit our RNLI crews rely on to keep them safe while they are saving lives at sea. It costs £1,593 to provide an all-weather lifeboat crew member with all of the vital kit they need during a rescue. We want to thank all of those who have generously supported this event so far.’

Last year, RNLI crews launched 8,851 times and saved 431 lives. RNLI volunteer crew members are willing to drop everything to go and save lives at sea when their pagers beep. The kit they wear is essential when they are out in all weathers.

With 4,800 volunteer lifeboat crew members providing a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts, money raised through Mayday will help kit out RNLI crews so they’re ready to face the harshest conditions at sea.

Brew With The Crew & Recruitment Day!

Poole Lifeboat Station is now looking to recruit the next group of Trainee Crew to join the station. On Saturday 12th May 10AM -2PM the Station is hosting a ‘Brew with the Crew’ for those keen to pop in and have a chat through the process of joining the crew and find out a bit more about what it entails.

Being a lifeboat crew member is a real honour and privilege and we are really keen to recruit new crew who share the passion and commitment to the role that the existing crew and other volunteers at the Station display. Being a member of the crew is considerable commitment and entails committing to be available a reasonable percentage of the time for training, station meetings and events within the local community. Obviously responding to requests to launch through the pager that you would be given is the key part of your role and after an initial 6 monthly training programme you would expect to go to sea on service launches – you would get issued a pager though after a short period of initial training and you would then respond and assist with launches like all other crew. You are not though expected to be available 100% of the time as by us having an appropriate compliment of crew we can ensure all have a good balance of time between being on call or not.

Whilst a boating background is undoubtedly beneficial it is not essential and the RNLI’s competency based training system has been created to develop the skills to be able to be a highly effective lifeboat crew member.

To be able to respond within an appropriate time to the station, in the event of a launch request, as a rough guide you are likely to live no further from the station than an area roughly defined by Poole Park, Poole Hospital, Oakdale and Hamworthy.

In terms of the recruitment process, after initial interviews Trainee Crew join on a 12 month probationary basis as a means to ensure that you joining the station as full crew is the right thing for you and the station. To further your interest in joining the crew please email with a little about yourself and why you may wish to join. Please include a contact phone number. We hope that you can join us on the 12th May but even if you cannot please do email us to establish contact so that we can chat with you.