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.
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Casualty: Person in difficulty in the water
Location: Off Sandbanks beach
Poole inshore lifeboat was tasked by Solent Coastguard just before 1230 and launched in blustery conditions to reports that a person was in difficulty in the water off one of the rock groynes at Sandbanks.
The ILB was rapidly on scene within minutes and started a thorough search of the area, and a person was located safely ashore near Shore Road. The volunteer crew checked that he was okay, and learnt that he had been out windsurfing and lost his rig but had managed to paddle back into the beach.
With the gentleman safely ashore and not in any danger, and with no immediate sighting of the windsurf rig, the volunteer crew returned back to station and were ready for service by 1300.
Lifeboat: ILB (x2)
Casualty: (1) Bait dragger with engine failure & (2) Washed up sail boat
Location: (1) Off Pottery Pier & (2) Sandbanks breakwater
(1) Poole inshore lifeboat was tasked by Solent Coastguard at 1430 to assist a 24ft bait dragger boat that had encountered engine failure west of Brownsea Island.
The volunteer crew soon located the stricken vessel off Pottery Pier as it was seeking shelter from the worsening weather. Crew members attached a tow line and brought the vessel back safely ashore to Fisherman's Dock on Poole Quay.
This was Poole inshore lifeboat Sgt Bob Martin (Civil Service No. 50) 550th shout since arriving on service at Poole Lifeboat Station on 4 December 2008. Poole Lifeboat Station continues to be one of the busiest RNLI coastal lifeboat stations in the UK.
(2) Later in the evening Poole inshore lifeboat was tasked again, this time when it was on a training exercise to practice towing in bad weather conditions (a rain front was blowing in on southerly winds, strenghtening to Force 6).
The lifeboat was tasked by Solent Coastguard in response to a 999 call reporting that a vessel had been washed up against the breakwater at Sandbanks.
When the ILB arrived on scene they put a search light onto the vessel, a 23ft daysailor sail boat, and illuminated the surrounding area to check if anyone was on board or in the vicinity.
Once satisfied that nothing had been disturbed or appeared untoward, and that no-one was in danger, the crew decided to leave the vessel in situ and continue with their bad weather training exercise.
The lifeboat then returned to station ready for service by 2030.
Lifeboat: ALB & ILB
Casualty: Motor cruiser on fire
Location: Wareham Channel
Both RNLI lifeboats from Poole were launched to rescue 3 people from their motor cruiser which was on fire in Poole Harbour this afternoon.
The HM Coastguard Rescue Co-ordination Centre received a distress call from the stricken vessel at about 1610 stating that the crew were trying to extinguish a fire that had broken out and they requested immediate assistance. Both the all-weather and inshore lifeboats were requested to launch immediately and proceed to the vessels location in the Wareham Channel.
On arrival the lifeboats removed the 3 occupants of the vessel to safety but found that there was still a small amount of smoke issuing. Dorset Fire & Rescue Service were requested to rendezvous at Lake Pier in Hamworthy, to where the vessel was towed by the ILB. Firefighters from Poole and Hamworthy attended and checked that the fire was properly extinguished before investigating the cause.
The 3 occupants of the vessel were also landed at Lake Pier by the ALB into the care of Coastguard Rescue Officers from Poole.
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Six months after starting out on a huge challenge to raise money in memory of former Second Coxswain Paul SIngleton, Crew Member Rob Inett has completed his challenge and raised over three times his target.
Four gruelling multi-sport challenges later and Rob has raised more than £5,000 in honour of a much-missed friend and colleague.
Rob says: 'Originally I wanted to raise £1,600, representing £1 for every time that Paul launched on service with the lifeboat, but having raised over £5,000 now I'm delighted with how well the fundraising has gone this year.
I've had amazing support from friends and family, and a few local businesses such as Lake Yard, Wigmore Books and Dorset Catering Services, who have all been fantastic.'
Rob took on extreme physical challenges including an Ironman Triathlon, half-Ironman race, 12-hour non-stop static cycle challenge and an epic 11-hour mountain quadrathlon in Snowdonia.
The final challenge on 26 October saw Rob and two close friends tackle a 60-mile bike ride, one-mile open water swim, three-mile lake paddleboard and climb to the summit of Snowden and back in atrocious weather, high winds and pouring rain.
On the summit he laid a photograph and message in memory of Paul, who died in October 2013 aged 52, from his crewmates at Poole Lifeboat Station. It said: 'Loved and missed by all at Poole Lifeboat.'
The funds raised will go to Marie Curie Cancer Care and Rob and Paul's family met three local nurses from Marie Curie, who helped nurse him through his final months at home. He handed over a cheque for £5,125, enough money to fund 256 hours or 32 full nights of a nurse's time, giving care to those living with cancer.
His fundraising ends on 1 December so to support his final few days, go to https://www.justgiving.com/rob-inett/.
Poole volunteer crew members and officials took part in the annual Remembrance Sunday parade in Poole Park to honour all those who have lost their lives in service of their country.
Thousands of members of the public turned up to commemorate the fallen on this special Remembrance Sunday, marking 100 years since the start of the First World War and 70 years since D-Day. In Poole Park, the public lined the pavements and grass areas up to the War Memorial on a sunny winter's day.
The parade was led by Poole Sea Cadets, and included military personnel, veterans, and navy, air and army cadets, as well as members of the emergency services.
Poole Lifeboat Station was proud to be involved and was represented by around 15 volunteer crew and station officials.
At the same time, the inshore lifeboat launched to lay a wreath off Old Harry's Rocks in a mark of respect.
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!
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Thank you very much for all your support.
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.'
Poole RNLI Lifeboat Station is celebrating its 150th Anniversary in 2015.
Here are just a few of the events planned for next year.
A new website is also on its way so keep checking back ...
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