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Poole Lifeboats Conduct Search In The Early Hours

Both Poole lifeboats launched early this morning (Tuesday October 3) to a distressed person who was reported to be in the vicinity of Bramble Bush bay, the area inside the harbour just south of the chain ferry.

The Atlantic launched first, at 01.20 and made its way through the harbour followed by the D Class shortly after.

Once on scene the volunteer crew on the Atlantic lifeboat combed close to the shore, extensively searching the area and along the moorings and moored boats. Meanwhile, the D Class searched along the shoreline, covering the shallow areas. Conditions were calm and visibility clear. 

The police and Coastguards were also on-scene, after an extensive search the casualty was located safe and well. The casualty was taken under care by the police and the lifeboats were stood down and returned back to station, refueled and were ready for service just after 03:45am.

Both Poole Lifeboats launched this afternoon (Monday September 11) at 14.10 to a report of vessel aground at Whitley Lake off Sandbanks Road.
The volunteers were soon on scene and found a 24ft yacht aground. One volunteer transferred across to check the vessel out, there was nobody on-board and signs that the vessel had broken its mooring and gone adrift, conditions in the harbour were choppy with a strong westerly wind 4-5.

A tow line was attached to the stern to tow the vessel from the lifeboat and another line from the top of the mast was connected to the D’ class lifeboat, with the intention to lay the boat over to help manoeuvre the keel loose from the mud and rocks, with both lifeboats working together.

The vessel was successfully freed and pulled clear into deeper water. The lifeboat crew secured the vessel onto a mooring in Whitely Lake and informed harbour control as to where the vessel was made safe, then Solent Coastguard tasked both lifeboats to Studland Bay.

A report had come through that two paddle boarders had got into difficulty, they were being blown off-shore. Although there was a bit more shelter in Studland Bay conditions were choppy with squally showers blowing through and as the casualties drifted out they were more exposed to the elements.

The lifeboats were directly on scene and located the people clinging onto the boards, the volunteers recovered the two people from the water into the lifeboat and their boards. The crew checked that the casualties were okay and then landed them safely ashore at Studland.
As all was well both lifeboats returned back to station, refuelled and were ready for service by 16.45

Poole Lifeboat volunteer Jonathan Clark said;
‘Conditions out there were quite fresh today and could have deteriorated very quickly. These were two very different ‘shouts’ with both lifeboats working together and for the crews it was a job well done’.


Photo Credit to Mike Baston.

Multiple Shouts For Air Festival Scorcher!

A Saturday scorcher it certainly was as hundreds of vessels took advantage of the good weather forecast and took to the water on the third day (Saturday September 2) of the Bournemouth Air Festival. A convoy of all varieties of vessels made their way down the main channel in anticipation of an exciting day in the skies above.

The Red Arrows took to the skies with breathtaking thrills and spills at noon, just as the D class inshore lifeboat and Poole lifeboat (Atlantic) were tasked to a 17ft speed boat with two people on-board that had broken down, the stricken vessel was taking on water, so the occupants were transferred immediately across onto the Poole lifeboat, whilst one crewman from the D’ class boarded the vessel with the Atlantic’s salvage pump, to stem the ingress of water, as this was in progress a towline was attached and the Poole lifeboat towed the stricken vessel and landed it onto the beach. On inspection, a hole was found so the boat was not sea worthy. As there was no further life in danger and the vessel safely ashore West of Bournemouth pier and no longer a danger to navigation the Lifeboat crews left to continue standing by at the air show.

The Poole lifeboat was then tasked to evacuate two young people who were unwell suffering with sea sickness, the poorly people were landed safely ashore at Bournemouth Pier.

Meanwhile the D Class had been tasked by Solent Coastguard to a broken down 7.3 meter speedboat with five people on-board, off Hook sands, on arrival the crew checked that everyone was okay and attached a tow and brought them safely to their mooring off Brownsea Roads, inside the harbour.

The Atlantic was then asked to assist a 40ft motor cruiser with a fouled anchor. The vessel with four people on-board was in the thick of the action just outside the exclusion zone between the piers, the boat had got its chain tangled and wrapped around itself, so the lifeboat crew set to and managed to unravel the chain, as all was well, the motor cruiser was happy to continue on its way.

Then the Poole Lifeboat was tasked to a broken down 25ft vessel with four people on-board just outside the entrance of the harbour, when the lifeboat arrived on scene they found that the stricken vessel was undertow by a passing vessel so the lifeboat was stood down, just as they were returning back to station, another vessel required help.
A 27ft yacht had encountered engine failure in Poole Bay, they were 2 miles south of Boscombe Pier, the lifeboat volunteers were swiftly on scene and checked all was okay on-board and then attached a tow line and brought the broken down vessel back to Parkstone Yacht Club.

At the same time, the D Class was assisting a 22ft vessel that had broken down off Shore Road, the vessel with four people on-board was then towed safely back to North Haven,
As the crews were finishing up the paper work and ensuring that the lifeboats were ready for service a ‘Mayday’ radio call came through and Solent Coastguard launched the Poole Lifeboat once again to a 10 meter Motor Cruiser.

It seemed that the Cruiser’s engine had lost its entire oil into the bilges, a safety boat from the Airshow was on scene but they were unable to tow the vessel due to its size and also they were on duty and needed to remain at the show until 23:00 hours.

When the lifeboat arrived on scene they attached a tow line and took the incapacitated vessel back to its mooring at Cobbs Quay. Although it was a straight forward job added to all the other jobs during the day meant that the Poole volunteers had clocked up 10 hours at sea and the weary lifeboat crew returned to station.

After refueling the lifeboat was ready for service at 21:30.

Volunteer helmsman Gavin McGuinness said;
There were hundreds of vessels out there enjoying the show and for us it was a long day with a variety of problems to help with, we also did some training whilst afloat. We are always happy to help someone, situations out on the water can develop and get worse very quickly’.


D Class Assists Cabin Cruiser

Poole lifeboat volunteers have had a busy start to the bank holiday weekend on Thursday.

Whilst out on exercise at 17:20 in the Brownsea Roads area of the harbour, the lifeboat volunteers were tasked to assist an 18ft cabin cruiser that had encountered a problem with its engine and was drifting perilously towards the Chain Ferry.

A crewman was transferred across and a tow line was attached, the D Class lifeboat executed an astern tow and brought the vessel clear.

The inshore lifeboat mechanic who happened to be out on exercise and on board  the D class managed successfully  to restart the engine of the cabin cruiser.

The tow lines were removed and the Cabin Cruiser with two people aboard was happy to make its own way back to Poole Quay.

The lifeboat escorted it back and then returned to station after refuelling.

It  was ready for service by 18:30pm.

Inshore Lifeboat Launched To Jet Ski

On Friday evening (July 7) the Inshore lifeboat was initially launched at 20:40 to report of a broken down Jet ski that was situated some 5 minutes outside Poole Harbour.
Whilst the lifeboat was en-route more details came through over the radio communications that the Jet ski was now sinking and the 2 persons on-board were very cold.
When the lifeboat arrived on scene they found that the casualties had made it ashore with their ski.  The crew went  assessed both of the jet skiers and it was decided that they would need a further check over by the ambulance crew to be safe.
Due to the location the lifeboat crew made the decision to transfer the casualties onto the lifeboat and land them at the Chain Ferry but at that time all the ambulances in the vicinity  were tasked elsewhere. The lifeboat brought the casualties back to the station and the Poole Coastguard mobile unit was requested to transport the casualties after they were warmed up.
The inshore Lifeboat re-fueled and was ready for service at 22.15

Both Lifeboats Launched

On Thursday (July 6) both lifeboats were tasked and launched to a report of a person missing in the water off Bournemouth but when the lifeboats had launched and were under way,  news came through that the person had been found safe and well.

The lifeboats were stood down and returned back to station.

A Long Shift For The Lifeboat Volunteers

Both Poole Lifeboat were out and about initially launching at 09:45 on exercise in the harbour and Poole Bay Sunday (June 4) when at 10:20  Solent Coastguard firstly tasked the D class who were South of Brownsea Castle, to assist a fishing boat which was in difficulty some 1.5 miles South East of Branksome Chine.

The 25ft fishing boat with two people on-board had broken down, it had encountered engine failure and was at anchor.

When the D class arrived on scene they put a crewman on-board a mechanic by trade to check the engine, in hope that they could restart the engine, it became apparent on closer inspection that the fuel had become contaminated so would not be able to restart, due to the conditions and swell, the D class Helm requested that the Atlantic attend as they were nearby at North Haven, to tow the stricken vessel, when the Atlantic arrived on scene another crewman was transferred across to help haul in the anchor.

A towline was established and both crewmen transferred off the vessel, the lifeboat then took the vessel undertow back to Fishermens Dock as they went alongside a ‘Pan Pan Pan’ radio call came through. A ‘Pan Pan Pan’ is radio communication that should be used for urgent situations that are not immediately life threatening, but require assistance.

At 12.10 the lifeboat was re-tasked to help an18ft Catamaran that had capsized south of Hook sands. When the lifeboat arrived on scene the boat that initially raised the alarm was standing by and they found a Hobie Cat capsized with the two people holding onto the hull.

Conditions were South Westerly 4-5 with a 1.5 metre swell, the vessel had gone over Hook sands then capsized.

As the lifeboat began to right the vessel, one of the people holding on went overboard, as the vessel righted, it took off, the lifeboat crew recovered the person in the water and caught up with the Catamaran.

They then transferred the person back safely on-board, the lifeboat crew checked that the people and the vessel were okay and fortunately they and the vessel were none the worse for their adventure.

The lifeboat escorted the vessel back into Poole harbour and as the Hobie cat was happy to continue its journey at Poole Yacht club the lifeboat stood stand and returned back to station.

The lifeboat crew refuelled and began to wash the lifeboat down when the Coastguard requested that the lifeboat crew help the Hobie Cat as they had encountered a squally wind that had gusted up and blown out their sails, they were now heading precariously onto the rocks behind the ferry terminal.

The lifeboat crew were immediately on scene and took the vessel under tow and safely back to Rockley.

The lifeboat returned back to station and prepared the lifeboat ready for service by 4pm, some 5 and ½ hours later than when launched on exercise.

Volunteer Helmsman Gavin McGuinness said;

‘It was a long day today but we were happy to help, Hook Sands is a well-known hot spot at the entrance of the Harbour and its shifting sands continually move, they change all the time especially after the winter storms and can catch even the most experienced out’.

D Class Launched To Jet Ski

Poole’s D Class lifeboat was requested to launch by Solent Coastguard once again this morning (June 3)

The lifeboat crew launched at 11.40am to a report that a Jet Ski with one person on-board was aground on the Training Bank

When the lifeboat arrived on scene they found that the person had managed to restart the engine and was making his own way back into the harbour, the lifeboat crew checked that he was okay and that he was happy to carry on under his own steam, which he was.

The lifeboat returned back to the station and was refuelled and ready for service by 12.45

Both Lifeboats Launched

Both Poole Lifeboats launched this afternoon (May 28) after an 8.5 metre motorboat ran aground at the entrance to the River Frome.

The Atlantic Lifeboat initially launched at 3.37pm and was soon on scene. The vessel was some distance out of the channel and hard aground with the tide due to go out. The skipper had encountered a squally shower, and with visibility reduced unfortunately drifted out of the channel.

Due to the distance the vessel had drifted out the channel and the falling tide the Atlantic helm immediately requested the launch of the station D class to assist as the opportunity to take the people off would soon be gone.

The D class launched at 3.59pm and was soon on scene with the Atlantic. Once on scene the D class slowly made headway to the vessel through the shallow water churning up mud on the way, and with the tide now starting to fall a quick pick up of the four people on-board was required.

The vessel was made secure and an anchor laid and the 4 occupants were taken to the Atlantic for transport to Ridge Marina. Helm Neil Ceconi said, ‘It was unfortunate that the squall came through and visibility reduced at a crucial time in a narrow channel.

The skipper did the right thing to call for assistance and everybody was wearing lifejackets in case the situation became much worse.’

Both lifeboats were re-fuelled and ready for service at 6pm.

D Class Inshore Lifeboat Launched

The D class inshore lifeboat launched at 9.15pm yesterday (May 14) to a 21ft speedboat aground and with engine failure near the Rockley channel.

With a light Southwesterly breeze the volunteers were soon on scene and found the vessel and its two occupants.

The speedboat and crew were then towed into Rockley and met by Poole Coastguard.

ILB Diverted From Training

A routine training session on Wednesday 10th May turned into real practice with the D class launching on training just after 17.00.

With the big low tides the D class came across a 33ft yacht aground just outside Cobbs Quay Marina. As the crews were due to practice towing anyway the scenario was used and the yacht safely towed back into deeper water.

While the first yacht was being towed a 2nd yacht mis-judged the channel and came to a halt. The inshore lifeboat released the tow and assisted the 2nd yacht into deeper water.

The crews were re-fuelled and ready for service at 20.00.

D Class Launch

Poole’s D class Lifeboat was requested by Solent Coastguard to assist with a medical evacuation today at 17:15  (Monday April 17) along with Southbourne  and Poole Coastguard.

The casualty had sustained an injury on the rocks at North Haven and the ambulance service  was on scene but required assistance to evacuate the casualty from the rocks. The casualty was made comfortable and transported across the beach and through the Hotel to an awaiting ambulance.

The lifeboat returned back to station and was ready for service by 18;00