Poole Lifeboat Station is one of 235 lifeboat stations around the coast of the UK, Republic of Ireland, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands, and is often one of the busiest. It is part of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and provides a search and rescue service to Poole Harbour and Poole Bay in Dorset.

In the event of an emergency on the coast,
dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

The information is, to the best of our knowledge, accurate. In the event that any errors are identified, please contact the lifeboat station at poole@rnli.org.uk.

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Red flare

Date: 28/10/14

Lifeboat: ILB
Casualty: Reports of flares
Location: Wareham Channel

Poole inshore lifeboat was tasked by Solent Coastguard at 1820 to investigate a report of flares in the Wareham Channel area of Poole Harbour. The Coastguard had received a phone call from a member of the public who had spotted distress flares in this area.

The ILB arrived swiftly on scene and proceeded to conduct a thorough search of the vicinity alongside Coastguard helicopter 106 and Coastguard units.

Nothing untoward was found, so the lifeboat crew was stood down at 1945 to return back to station ready for service.

Poole volunteer Sea Safety Officer Chris Holloway said: 'With bonfire night coming up, we would like to remind people to refrain from setting off unnecessary flares in a coastal area. Every time the Coastguard receives a 999 call that distress flares have been sighted, the lifeboat and helicopter crews are called out as they have to respond to what they assume to be a genuine cry for help'.

'When a flare goes up it is universally recognised as a distress signal, so concerned members of the public will dial 999 when they see one and we urge them to continue to do so. Our volunteer crews are always ready to answer the call as we will always assume that it is for real'.

Chris added: 'We don't want to spoil the fun of Bonfire Night but sometimes people are tempted to use up their out of date flares and this causes real problems for the rescue services. We would kindly remind all seafarers that they should dispose of flares safely and responsibly'.

'In the Poole area you can call 01202 336336 and make an appointment to bring your out of date flares to a place where they can be securely disposed of'.

ILB shout

Date: 27/10/14

Lifeboat: ILB (x2)
Casualty: (1) Submerged vehicle & (2) Broken down jet ski
Location: (1) North Haven & (2) Number 24 buoy

(1) Poole inshore lifeboat was launched just after midday to a report of a vehicle in the water by the chain ferry slipway on the north side of the entrance to Poole Harbour.

The ILB arrived on scene within 5 minutes and found a small 6 metre angling boat alongside the jetty with the female casualty already aboard. The angling boat's skipper had been in the vicinity when the incident had happened and been able to assist.

Two lifeboat crew were put across onto the jetty to assess the casualty and administer first aid, before transferring the casualty to a paramedic who arrived on scene.

Members of the fire brigade, who had also been called to the scene, then boarded the lifeboat which proceeded to search for the submerged car. The firemen used a special device that could look into the depths of the water to locate the vehicle.

When the vehicle was located, a Jenkins Marine barge was tasked to recover it while the lifeboat crew stood by as safety cover. Once the vehicle had been recovered and all persons had been accounted for, the ILB returned the firemen ashore and set off back to the lifeboat station.

(2) On their way back through the harbour the ILB was diverted to a broken down jet ski at Number 24 buoy. The volunteer crew set up a tow and took the jet ski back and its owner back to Baiter Slipway. The crew finally returned to station ready for service just after 1400.

For more photos from these launches, please visit our photo gallery.

ILB shout

Date: 23/10/14

Lifeboat: ILB
Casualty: Kitesurfer
Location: Alum Chine, Poole Bay

Poole inshore lifeboat was tasked by Solent Coastguard at 1807 to assist a kitesurfer reported to be in difficulty. The alarm was raised by a number of concerned members of the public.

The inshore lifeboat launched and was en route to Alum Chine when the Coastguard radioed an update that the kitesurfer had made it ashore.

The Coastguard requested that the volunteer crew continue to the scene to check that all was okay. The crew arrived on scene at 1825 and a crew member made his way ashore to speak to the kitesurfer and check that all was well.

The kitesurfer was fine and grateful that the lifeboat had responded. The lifeboat picked up the crewman from the beach and returned back to station.

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Glen Mallen with his medal

Poole crew member wins Thomas Gray Memorial Trust Silver Medal – 15 October 2014

Poole volunteer crew member Glen Mallen, ALB Deputy Second Coxswain & ILB Helm, was awarded the prestigious Thomas Gray Memorial Trust Silver Medal at Haberdasher's Hall in London on Wednesday - congratulations Glen!

Each year the Marine Society, a charity which supports the professional development of seafarers, holds an annual convention for its members and presents a series of special awards recognising achievement across the maritime sector.

Glen Mallen, who joined Poole lifeboat crew in 2008 and is also Lifeboat Training Manager at RNLI College, was nominated for the award in recognition of his many years' service to the RNLI, including being a volunteer for the RNLI's Flood Rescue Team.

Glen was accompanied to the ceremony by fellow crew member and Lifeboat Trainer Dave Riley, and both called in at Tower Lifeboat Station for a cup of tea afterwards!

You can read more about the awards on the Marine Society website, or check out our photo gallery for photos of Glen and Dave.

Rob Inett on his racing bike

Rob completes his third Marie Curie challenge of the year – 31 August 2014

On Sunday volunteer crew member Rob Inett successfully completed the third of four endurance multi-sport challenges in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care; in memory of his friend, Paul Singleton of Poole Lifeboat.

The challenge this time was a competitive race, a half Ironman Triathlon relay at Cotswold Water Park, which Rob completed alongside his friend Alexa (who ran a half marathon after his 1900m swim and 56 mile cycle).

The event went really well, with Rob's swim being ranked 58th and his cycle 172nd out of over 640 starters - a wonderful boost to his confidence after a very tiring summer. Alexa's husband Neil survived Cancer 10 years ago, thus the event and our fundraising efforts had special significance for her too.

All of this however has only been possible thanks to the support of friends, family and the public, with Rob's fundraising total now approaching 3,000 to support Marie Curie nurses in Poole and Dorset

A full story and pictures of the first three endurance challenges can be found on Rob's website.

To support or donate please visit this link: https://www.justgiving.com/rob-inett/.

Thank you!

Ice bucket challenge

Poole crew take on the ice bucket challenge –
27 August 2014

Poole lifeboat crew accepted the challenge laid down by Swanage lifeboat crew and took part in the ice bucket challenge today, raising money for motor neurone disease (also known as ALS).

Filmed by Deputy Second Coxswain Dave Riley for social media, and introduced by crew member Alex Evans, 9 members of crew and volunteers stood aboard the ALB in turn soaked themselves with a bucket of ice cold water.

Some including Coxswain Jon Clark and crew member Joe Mannings braved it out in T-shirt and shorts whereas others like Ed Davies and Paul Taylor opted for the protection of a wetsuit or drysuit (although we think that might be cheating!)

Having successfully completed the challenge, Poole crew have now nominated Mudeford Lifeboat Station, Brian Murphy and Poole Harbour Commission, and the staff of Poole Quay Boat Haven!

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Montacute School fundraisers

Monty's Appeal and RNLI Magic Walk –
20 November 2014

Kind hearted, energetic students and staff from Montacute Special School will complete a sponsored walk and wheelchair push for two charities that mean the world to them.

The students are planning to walk from Bournemouth Pier to Boscombe Pier on 20 November and are asking the local community to sponsor them. The walk distance is 1.5 miles one way, and 3 miles for those able to complete the walk both ways. The sponsored event will form part of the volunteering section of the students' Duke of Edinburgh Silver Awards.

Montacute Special School recently launched Monty`s Fundraising Appeal to raise 500,000 to equip a brand new charitable special school. They have already raised 240,000, but still have a way to go to raise funds for their outside space area. They hope that money raised from this walk will go towards an outside sandpit with special outside hoist, making it accessible to all their children.

Although the school is desperate for every penny they can raise, the students will be sharing the funds raised with the RNLI, another local charity which they admire. The RNLI would like to thank the children and staff involved for their generosity!

Taking part in the sponsored walk will be a real challenge and achievement for these youngsters, especially those who are less mobile or in wheelchairs, so please show your support - every penny will count!

If you would like to donate, the students have set up a BT Donate webpage at: https://mydonate.bt.com/events/montyswalk/188552, or alternatively donations of cash or cheques can be sent to Montacute Special School either by post or by hand.

Finally, if you would like to help fundraise, please contact the school by phone (01202 693239) or by email (vicki.edwards@montacute.poole.sch.uk).

Thank you very much for all your support.


Poole lifeboat crew help relaunch new-look Tesco – 26 August 2014

A new-look Tesco Extra store is helping to keep Poole lifeboat afloat.

The revamped Tesco Extra store, on Yarrow Road, was relaunched with the help of Poole Lifeboat Station as Store Manager Andy Hossack made a 500 donation to the RNLI.

Rod Brown, Lifeboat Operations Manager, Carole Brown, Lifeboat Station Treasurer and Paul Taylor, Lifeboat Station Mechanic and Chair of Poole and District Fundraising Branch accepted the 500 donation at the store's relaunch celebration. The Mayor of Poole, Cllr Peter Adams, was also there and cut a ribbon to mark the special occasion.

The Tesco Extra store in Poole now offers customers exciting services and departments including a new pizza counter and new-look technology and entertainment area and grocery, fruit and veg and bakery departments.

Andy Hossack said: 'We are delighted that the RNLI Poole Lifeboat Station was able to receive the donation and we would like to thank them and the Mayor of Poole, Cllr Adams for their support and for joining in the celebrations with us.'

Paul Taylor added: 'We would like to thank Tesco Extra Poole for this fantastic donation – we will use the money to help us to continue our invaluable service providing a search and rescue service to Poole Harbour and Poole Bay.'

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Jazz at Sandbanks

Jazz by the Beach – 23 November 2014

Book your tickets now for this popular annual fundraiser organised by Poole & District Fundraising Branch!

Enjoy a drink, support the RNLI and listen to live jazz with views over Poole Bay and Poole Harbour, all for only 15.

Featuring live band 'Bourne Valley Jazzmen' and sponsored by Tailor Made and FJB Hotels, book your tickets now to set your feet tapping!

You can also check out our events, fundraising events, coastal safety events and local events for more details and other events in the area.

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