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.

150 events 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 ...

Latest launches

Fire Service

Date: 16/12/14

Lifeboat: ALB and ILB
Casualty: RIB on fire
Location: Near Russell Quay, Wareham Channel, Poole Harbour

Poole lifeboat volunteers launched just after 4pm to a 6m RIB, reported to be on fire at the entrance of the Wareham channel off Russell Quay.

The inshore lifeboat was first on scene and found that the person onboard had been picked up by a passing vessel. The volunteer lifeboat crew checked that the person was okay and transferred him onto the inshore lifeboat and took him ashore, back to the lifeboat station.

The all-weather lifeboat then arrived on scene, and using the fire hose was able to cool the boat (boundary cooling) from a safe distance, which doused the flames.

When it was deemed safe, the all-weather lifeboat crew attached a tow rope and brought the vessel back ashore to Lake Pier, where they rendezvoused with Dorset Fire and Rescue Service.

The firefighters thoroughly checked out the damaged RIB and when they were happy that it was safe, the all-weather lifeboat volunteers established a tow and brought it back to Town Quay, where the inshore lifeboat took over the tow and returned the vessel back to Cobbs Quay.

Both lifeboats were back on service at the station by 6pm.

Red flare

Date: 15/12/14

Lifeboat: ALB and ILB
Casualty: Report of red flares
Location: Shore Road, Poole Harbour and Bay

Both Poole lifeboats were tasked by Solent Coastguard in the early hours of Monday 15 December.

At 12.30am the inshore lifeboat was launched first to investigate a report of red flares that had been sighted in the Shore Road area above the trees. The inshore lifeboat was soon on scene and began an extensive search from Brownsea Island through Whitley Lake down to East Dorset Sailing Club.

Solent Coastguard also requested shortly after that the all-weather lifeboat launch, to search outside the harbour in Poole Bay.

Both lifeboats scoured the area and the Poole volunteer Coastguard Rescue Officers searched the shoreline.

Sometime after, at 1.30am, Solent Coastguard requested that the inshore lifeboat stand down as nothing untoward was found inside the harbour.

The all-weather lifeboat continued in Poole Bay with a thorough search of the area, but nothing was found. As there was no more reports of red flares, Solent Coastguard stood the all-weather lifeboat down as well.

The volunteers returned back to station at 3am, with the shout being classed as a false alarm with good intentions.

ALB tow

Date: 6/12/14

Lifeboat: (1) ALB & (2) ILB
Casualty: (1) 48ft yacht & (2) Broken down speedboat
Location: (1) Near Bar Buoy (2) Poole Harbour

(1)Poole all-weather lifeboat was tasked this afternoon by Solent Coastguard to assist a 48ft yacht that had encountered engine failure whilst on passage to Poole.

The Poole volunteers launched at 1400 and located the vessel with 4 people on board just off Bar Buoy, on the edge of Studland Bay. The lifeboat crew checked that everyone was okay then attached a tow line.

The crew brought the vessel under tow back into Poole Harbour.

(2)Whilst en route through the harbour the all-weather lifeboat was flagged down by an 18ft speedboat with two people on board, which had also broken down.

The ALB took both stricken vessels under tow and made a request to Solent Coastguard that the Poole inshore lifeboat be launched to take over the tow of the speedboat. The ILB rendezvoused with the ALB at Poole Town Quay and took over the tow of the speedboat, which they returned back through the lifting bridges to Cobbs Quay.

Meanwhile the ALB secured the 48ft yacht safely ashore and returned back to station. Both lifeboats were back on station and ready for service by 1630.

Sadly before today's action the lifeboat crew had found that one of the windows of the kit room had been smashed sometime during the night. So several crew members had to spend time their Saturday morning removing shards of glass from the kit and clearing it up from the floor of the kit room. Neil Ceconi also boarded up the window temporarily, but the pane of glass will need to be replaced.

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Marie Curie cheque

Four Long Days gruelling challenge completed and over 5,000 raised – 27 November 2014

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/.

His full story and pictures of the endurance challenges can be found on Rob's website and you can check out more photos in our photo gallery.

Remembrance Sunday

Lest We Forget – 9 November 2014

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.

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.

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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

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150th Anniversary events – All year, 2015

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 ...

Flotilla of Lights

Flotilla of Lights – Sunday 7 December 2014

Christmas on the Quay starts from 4pm with a host of family fun, games, children's rides and a visit from Santa.

Santa arrives on Poole Quay at 4pm by RNLI lifeboat decorated with Christmas lights. Santa plus a few special guests including stilt walkers and his elves will parade up and down the Quay before a quayside walkabout to hand out special treats, kindly donated by Sainsbury's Poole. Santa will wave goodbye to the crowds at 5.30pm and leave the Quay, again by the RNLI lifeboat.

Poole's quayside will then light up with a magical Flotilla of Lights from 6pm as illuminated boats take to the waves to parade alongside Poole Quay, lighting the water with their Christmas light displays with prizes and a trophies awarded to the best dressed boat and runner-up boats in the work boat and leisure boat categories.

Come and join the fun and festive spirit!

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