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.

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE who helped make our Lifeboat Station Open Day a success on Sunday 10 August 2014, raising just over 4,000.

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Air show shout

Date: 30/8/14

Lifeboat: ILB and ALB
Casualty: Various vessels watching the Bournemouth International Air Show
Location: Poole Bay

It's been a busy 4 days for Poole lifeboat crews as the annual air show took to the skies over Bournemouth and a flotilla of vessels gathered in Poole Bay to watch the displays.

Both Poole lifeboats were out in Poole Bay each day ready to assist, and on Saturday alone they responded to 4 incidents:

1) Both lifeboats were involved in the medical evacuation of a woman from the Solent Scene ferry who was having an allergic reaction. The lifeboat medic treated the woman who was then transferred to waiting medics at Bournemouth Pier.

2) The ILB assisted 2 people in inflatables who were struggling to get back ashore.

3) The ILB attended a powerboat with its anchor down which the persons on board were unable to lift or lower. The ILB crew helped to free the anchor.

4) The ILB assisted a small yacht struggling against the strong ebb tide at the harbour entrance. The crew attached a tow line and towed it back into the harbour.

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Date: 22/8/14

Lifeboat: ILB
Casualty: 6.1m Sealegs RIB overdue
Location: East Looe Buoy, Poole Bay

Just as the crew were thinking about getting some beauty sleep, the pagers called the ILB crew volunteers to the lifeboat station following a report of a vessel overdue by 90 minutes, and no one was able to contact them on the radio.

The crew launched at 2240 and were informed en route that the 6.1m RIB had been found by another vessel. The RIB had broken down and had been unable to contact anyone.

Arriving on scene 10 minutes later, a crew member was put onboard to check that all was well with the two people onboard.

They set up a tow and brought the vessel back to Salterns Marina, into the care of Poole coastguards, and then returned to station at 2330.

At the same time as the ILB was carrying out this task, other Poole volunteers were dealing with a person who walked into the lifeboat station suffering from an asthma attack and finding it difficult to breathe.

They carried out an assessment, administered oxygen and medication, and called an ambulance. The paramedics then checked him out and took him to Poole Hospital.

A good night for all the crew.


Date: 21/8/14

Lifeboat: ILB
Casualty: 4m Thames launch with mechanical problems
Location: Holes Bay, Poole Harbour

Poole inshore lifeboat volunteers launched just after 2.30pm following a report of a vessel in distress in Holes Bay.

There was a short delay after the crew had been paged while the Coastguard established what the problem was. When the inshore lifeboat crew arrived on scene they found the 4m Thames launch had suffered mechanical failure and was aground close to the shore near Holes Bay Road.

This was the first time that the owner had taken this vessel afloat in seawater.

The crew were initially unable to reach it as the launch was aground on a falling tide but one of the crew was able to wade out to reach it. He was able to fix the problem so the two people onboard were able to restart the engine.

The crew were then able to refloat the vessel and then escorted them to Baiter slipway, where they were met by Poole coastguards.

The crew then returned to station at 3.45pm.

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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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Non-stop Iron-distance triathlon completed –
10 August 2014

On Sunday 10 August Rob Inett successfully completed his second of four endurance multi-sport challenges in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care – in memory of our friend Paul Singleton of Poole Lifeboat Station.

The challenge was a non-stop Iron-distance triathlon of a 4-mile paddleboard, 112-mile cycle and 26-mile row, carried out during Poole Lifeboat station's Open Day.

The event took place in the shadow of the appalling weather that hit the south over the weekend, but he managed it safely and successfully with the wonderful support of friends, crew mates and family in a time of 11hours and 50 minutes.

Please read the full story and any donations /support is always very welcome.

Well done Rob. We were tired just trying to hang on to the gazebos in ex-hurricane Bertha let alone trying to paddleboard, cycle and row through her!

Thank you

THANK YOU – over 4,000 raised – 12 August 2014

Rod Brown, Poole Lifeboat Operations Manager, sends a personal message to everyone who had a part to play in our fantastic Open Day:

'Thank you to everyone who turned out on the day to help; all those behind the scenes who helped with preparations for the day; everyone who supported us with donations of prizes, gifts, cakes etc; the public for turning up to support us and last but not least the team who organised the event.

'They made it all come together, worked hard to make the day happen and still came up trumps when plans had to be altered so late in the day in the face of the imminent bad weather.

'Well done everyone and a big thank you to all. We raised over 4,000 and make a great team – it's something to be really proud of.

'THANK YOU all once again.'

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Fundraising news


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

Kit room

Open (Boat)house – Every Wednesday

It's open house at Poole Lifeboat Station by Poole old lifting bridge every Wednesday during the Summer months for you to drop in and say hello.

We're open from 11am to around 4pm (weather permitting) and you will have the chance to step onboard the all-weather lifeboat to look at her equipment and see the inshore lifeboat in her floating boathouse.

You'll also get the chance to see the kit room, chat to volunteers and even buy a souvenir of your visit.

So if you're passing, drop on in and say hello. We'd love to see you.

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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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number CHY 2678 in the Republic of Ireland | RNLI (Trading) Ltd - 01073377, RNLI (Sales) Ltd - 2202240, RNLI (Enterprises) Ltd - 1784500 and RNLI College Ltd - 7705470 are all companies registered at West Quay Road, Poole BH15 1HZ. Images & copyright RNLI 2013.