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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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.

ILB shout

Date: 19/10/14

Lifeboat: ILB
Casualty: Person with suspected broken arm
Location: Onboard a yacht in Poole Harbour

Continuing a busy few days for Poole lifeboat volunteers, the inshore lifeboat was out on a Sunday morning training exercise when it responded to a Mayday call from a yacht in Poole Harbour. Suddenly the lifeboat crew had to put their casualty care training exercise into practice!

The ILB arrived swiftly on scene at Aunt Betty Buoy and located the yacht which had issued the Mayday call, which was being escorted by Swanage Lifeboat as it was on passage through the harbour.

The 27ft yacht had four people on board, one of whom required medical assistance with a suspected broken arm. As the Poole crew had been on a casualty care training exercise that morning, the volunteer training doctor was on board so he was transferred to the yacht to administer First Aid to the casualty.

The ILB then escorted the yacht to Poole Quay Boat Haven and an ambulance was requested to take the casualty to Poole Hospital for further treatment.

Poole ILB returned to station ready for service by noon.

Old Harry Rocks

Date: 18/10/14

Lifeboat: ILB (x2)
Casualty: (1) Kite surfer and (2) Dog
Location: (1) Off Shore Road and (2) Old Harry Rocks

Poole ILB launched to two incidents, first to reports of a kite surfer in difficulty off Shore Road and then to a dog which had fallen down the cliffs by Old Harry Rocks.

(1) Poole ILB was tasked at 1507 by Solent Coastguard to search for a kite surfer reported to be in difficulty in Poole Bay off Shore Road. Several kite surfers appeared to be struggling in the conditions, and whilst two had made it ashore there was concern that there may have been others still out on the water unaccounted for.

The ILB arrived on scene at 1516 and started a search from the harbour's entrance along Sandbanks to Shore Road and on to Branksome. The volunteer crew scoured the shoreline but nothing untoward was found, so they concluded that all the kite surfers had made it safely ashore. They were about to head back to station when Solent Coastguard tasked them to assist another incident that was developing at Old Harry Rocks.

(2) Poole ILB arrived at Old Harry Rocks at 1530, to assist with the search for a dog that was reported to have bounded over the cliff edge whilst on a walk with its owner. As the ILB arrived a Coastguard cliff rescue team was at the top of the cliff preparing to send a man down via a rope to search for the dog.

Molly, a 10-month old brown Norfolk terrier, was last spotted bounding towards the north west side of Old Harry, when her owner had lost sight of her and raised the alarm.

The ILB proceeded to the bottom of the cliff on the north side of Old Harry, and volunteer crewman Pete Smith got out of the boat and made his way to the beach. Pete then caught sight of a brown dog which immediately ran towards him and was very pleased to meet him! Pete scooped her up and returned to the lifeboat where the crew gave her a check over and a reassuring stroke.

Thankfully, Molly seemed fine and none the worse for wear, after her dramatic 100ft drop and a swim between Old Harry Rocks to get to the beach where Pete had found her. Read more ...

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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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Forthcoming events

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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