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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B class

Date: 11/9/14

Lifeboat: ILB
Casualty: Person in the water
Location: Bournemouth Pier, Poole Bay

Poole ILB launched at 1700 to a report of a person in the water off Bournemouth Pier. On arrival at the scene, a lifeguard rescue watercraft was in the area and the person was located about 3/4 mile off the beach.

A crew member went in the water to assist the person, who was brought onboard and taken back to the beach to be met by an ambulance crew.

The crew returned to station at 1815.

AIS track

Date: 8/9/14

Lifeboat: ALB
Casualty: Fouled propeller on 10m yacht
Location: Poole Bay

Poole lifeboat volunteers were tasked on Monday evening to assist a 10m yacht with one person onboard, which was 10 miles south of St Aldhelm's Head.

The volunteer crew were out on exercise in Poole Bay when Portland Coastguard tasked them to aid the stricken vessel with a fouled propeller and their exercise became a real scenario.

The lifeboat crew located the vessel, checked that the person onboard was okay and then attached a tow and brought the vessel back alongside at Poole Quay.

The exercise turned into a slightly longer trip out than planned, arriving back at station over 5 hours after launching.

Air show shout

Date: 31/8/14

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

Sunday saw better weather and even more vessels on the water to view the aerial displays. Indeed, as the lifeboat crews prepared to go afloat early Sunday morning the old lifting bridge seemed to be fixed open as a constant stream of vessels poured through for the final day of the air show.

In total, Poole's ILB and ALB crews responded to 5 incidents on Sunday:

1) The ALB assisted a 22ft motor boat that had broken down at East Looe, a tow was attached and the crew brought the vessel safely alongside at Poole Quay.

2) Meanwhile, the ILB was tasked to assist a kayaker who found himself 'swamped' in amongst the melee of boats. The volunteer crew took the kayak and kayaker back to Southbourne.

3) Shortly aftewards the ILB crew were waved down by a speedboat with two people on-board that had broken down. The crew checked that they were okay, and then took the vessel under tow towards Mudeford, and radioed for Mudeford ILB to launch to take over the tow. The Mudeford lifeboat crew took on the tow and took the stricken vessel safely back to shore.

4) As the airshow overhead kept the audience captivated, a 'Mayday, Mayday' message came over the radio and a passing motor boat reported that a speedboat with two people on-board had capsized off Hengistbury Head. The ILB crew arrived swiftly on scene and pulled the people out of the water. Although shaken and cold they were fortunately none the worse for their experience, so the crew transferred them onto the ALB while both crews worked together to re-right the speedboat. Check out this video footage filmed from the ILB.

5) The ILB returned to station but was then requested to launch again to assist a 17ft dory with three people on-board that had broken down at the end of East Looe. On arrival at the scene the crew set up a tow line and brought the vessel back to Baiter Slipway.

Read more and visit our photo gallery for more photos.

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 few 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 one of the many passenger boats in Poole Bay who had suffered an allergic reaction. Crew members boarded the ferry and the lifeboat medic administered First Aid before the lady was transferred to waiting medics at Bournemouth Pier.

2) The ILB assisted 2 people who were watching the air show in an inflatable who were struggling to get back ashore. The crew assisted and landed them safely.

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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News stories

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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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.