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.

Poole RNLI Lifeboat Station is holding a 150th Anniversary launch announcement event on Thursday 27 November 2014 from 7pm–8pm. Please join us at the Waterfront Suite, RNLI College, and hear an update on the current life and activities of one of the busiest lifeboat stations in the RNLI. Open to all.

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Date: 7/11/14

Lifeboat: ILB
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.


Date: 6/11/14

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.

Motor cruiser

Date: 31/10/14

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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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.

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!

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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

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!

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