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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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.


Date: 16/8/14

Lifeboat: ILB (x5)
Casualty: Yacht drifting, broken Hobie cat, capsized vessels and upturned jet ski with people in the water
Location: Poole Bay and Poole Harbour

A flurry of incidents in a fresh south westery breeze meant that the ILB dealt with a drifting yacht, a Hobie cat that had split in two, three capsized vessels, and one upturned jet ski with people in the water – all in the space of less than 5 hours.

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Lifeguard training

Your chance to train to be a lifeguard – 22 August 2014

Ever wondered if you could be a lifeguard? You need to have an internationally recognised beach lifeguard qualification and the RNLI is offering you the chance to obtain this.

The qualification combines practical and theory sessions to cover beach safety operating procedures, hazard awareness, accident prevention, first aid including CPR, and open water rescue skills, which include using equipment such as rescue tubes and rescue boards.

The RNLI is offering free places onto three lifeguard courses that will be run in the Poole Bay and Weymouth areas during September and October.

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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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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.'

Cheque presentation

Around Great Britain in 80 days for the RNLI – Friday 1 August 2014

A Cheshire woman has arrived at Poole lifeboat station after successfully travelling around Great Britain in exactly 80 days raising over 1000.00 for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

Author, Diane Leigh embarked on her adventure whilst wanting to explore little things that makes Britain 'British' and at the same time raising much needed funds for another British icon, the RNLI.

Setting off from Poole, Diane used public transport including trains, planes, buses and boats and the occasional lift from a passing motorist travelling via the Isles of Scilly, the Shetland Islands and as far as remote Fair Isle!

Whilst on her travels she called in to many RNLI lifeboat stations to meet volunteer crew members and fund raisers and said how amazed she was to learn that the RNLI is one big family wherever you are.

During her adventure Diane was sponsored by outdoor and travel clothing specialist Rohan who invited her to raise more funds at some of their stores located around the UK. Their area manager Richard Morrison was at Poole lifeboat station to meet Diane at the end of her epic voyage and present her with a cheque.

She was then introduced to some of the RNLI team from Poole Lifeboat Station and given a tour of the lifeboats.

Thank you Diane!

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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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