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: 19/10/14

Lifeboat: ILB (x2)
Casualty: (1) Yacht aground and (2) Person with suspected broken arm
Location: (1) Stoney Island and (2) Onboard a yacht

Continuing a busy few days for Poole lifeboat volunteers, the inshore lifeboat was tasked to two incidents whilst on exercise in Poole Harbour on Sunday morning.


(1) Poole ILB was tasked by the Harbour Board to assist a 25ft yacht which had run aground on Stoney Island, near the entrance to Poole Harbour. The yacht had dragged its anchor and been aground overnight.

On arrival at the scene the volunteer crew attached a tow rope to the yacht and re-floated the vessel, but as they were towing it back a 'Mayday' call came over the radio from another yacht near Aunty Betty Buoy, north of Brownsea Island.

The lifeboat volunteers therefore secured the initial yacht onto a swinging mooring and then proceeded to the second vessel.


(2) Poole 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 which 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 ten 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 ...

ILB shout

Date: 17/10/14

Lifeboat: ILB
Casualty: Vessel aground
Location: Off Baiter Park in Poole Harbour

In the 100th 'shout' of the year for Poole lifeboats, the inshore lifeboat was launched at 1540 to a report of a vessel aground off Baiter Park in Poole Harbour. The volunteer crew were on scene by 1545 and located the 18ft sailing yacht off Baiter slip way.

The vessel with one person on-board had encountered engine failure and had been blown towards shore by the south westerly wind force 3-4 until it grounded.

As the water was shallow a crewman jumped in and waded across, and checked that all was okay before attaching a tow line. The ILB then eased the stricken vessel off and towed it back to Poole Quay Boat Haven.

Volunteer helmsman Ed Davies said: 'Conditions were choppy, the tide was high, so he was lucky that we could get to him'. The crew were back at the station ready for service by 1630.

With 100 call outs so far this year, Poole Lifeboat Station continues to be one of the busiest RNLI coastal stations. As always, please visit our photo gallery for more photos of the shout.

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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!

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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Fundraising news

Tesco

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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Sainsbury cakes

Sainsbury's donation enables Poole Lifeboat Station to raise more – 10 August 2014

Sainsbury's Talbot Heath donated tea, coffee, sugar, scones, jam and cream to Poole Lifeboat Station for the recent Open Day on Poole Quay.

The day made in excess of 4,000 with nearly 600 being taken on refreshments. Commercial Manager Dave Bunyan met Mechanic Paul Taylor at the site on Poole Quay to hand over the donation.

Tony Hadwick, Deputy Store Manager at Sainsbury's Talbot Heath, commented: 'We at Sainsbury's are delighted to assist the RNLI with this donation. We feel that the level of work and commitment from Poole Lifeboat Station is fantastic and second to none.

'These fantastic people risk their lives on a daily basis and we at Sainsbury's are more than willing to help Poole station with their Open Day.

'Sainsbury's is dedicated to supporting the local community and we feel that this donation is a fantastic way to show our appreciation of the work that the Poole station volunteers do.'

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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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