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 those who spend time on the waters of Poole Harbour and Poole Bay in Dorset.
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Casualty: Object in the sea
Location: 2 miles off Hengistbury Head, Poole Bay
While on exercise at 1000, the all-weather lifeboat was tasked by Portland Coastguard to search for a piece of wreckage that had been reported off Hengistbury Head.
The crew had just arrived in Swanage Bay following a navigation exercise, so this was an appropriate call out to put the knowledge into practice.
The crew plotted the position into the LaserPlot and made their way across Poole Bay for 7 miles before arriving on scene at 1043 at the last known reported position.
In moderate visibility, but with strong sunlight, the crew then started a sector search with leg lengths of 0.5 nautical miles. The object was reported to be 6m x 2.5m, white and floating just below the surface of the water.
With the crew on deck, various bits of debris were spotted, including a couple of cigarette packets, possibly from containers that fell off a cargo ship in the Bay of Biscay during the storms in February.
After 3 sectors, Mechanic Paul Taylor spotted a large piece of debris in the water a short distance away and on closer inspection the lifeboat crew saw that it was part of the side of a container that had broken up.
As this was a hazard to shipping, the crew reported the position to Portland Coastguard, who then arranged for another vessel to retrieve it.
Poole ALB then returned back to station at 1300.
Photo: Andy Lyons
Casualty: Person fallen off a personal watercraft
Location: Near Bournemouth Pier, Poole Bay
At approximately 1345, the ILB was launched in response to a report of a person fallen off a personal watercraft near Bournemouth Pier.
While making its way to the scene the ILB was stood down as it was reported that the casualty had been recovered by lifeguards and taken to a waiting ambulance.
The lifeboat then returned to station ready for another launch.
Casualty: Broken down angling vessel
Location: Off Bournemouth Pier, Poole Bay
On Saturday 1 March 2014 at 3.53pm Portland Coastguard Rescue Co-ordination Centre requested the launch of the relief RNLI Poole B class Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat to a report of an angling boat with four persons onboard, which had broken down off Bournemouth Pier.
The inshore lifeboat launched a few minutes later with four volunteer lifeboat crew members onboard.
On arrival, the lifeboat crew confirmed that the occupants of the angling boat were safe and it was taken in tow and returned to its mooring in Poole Harbour, arriving at 5pm. The occupants were met by Coastguard Rescue Officers from Poole.
The lifeboat then returned to station.
After 4 months away for refit at the Inshore Lifeboat Centre (ILC) in East Cowes, Isle of Wight, our Atlantic 85, B-826 Sgt Bob Martin (Civil Service No. 50) has now returned home all spic and span!
Thank you to relief lifeboat B-825 Norma Ethel Vinall for standing in and carrying out 10 shouts in Sgt Bob's absence.
On the same day that the RNLI celebrated 190 years of innovation, the charity also appeared on ITV's Daybreak and ITV News Meridian promoting a new engineering apprenticeship programme that will offer six new places year on year.
As part of the coverage, Poole lifeboat trainee Crew Member Anthony Skerman was filmed to help promote the new roles during National Apprenticeship Week (3–7 March 2014).
Anthony says: 'It's great to be part of this apprenticeship scheme and part of Poole lifeboat crew too. I've been learning everything from stripping down engines to boat hull fit-outs. It's great to see how the lifeboats are kept in good working order and maintained and I can use this knowledge to help with my training as a volunteer crew member, helping to save lives at sea.'
If you're interested in one of the sought-after six places for this year, then go to: RNLI.org/jobs.
On Tuesday 4 March 2014, the RNLI is 190 years young!
We're celebrating 190 years of lifesaving at sea after Sir William Hillary's plea to help those in peril on the sea was answered on 4 March 1824.
The RNLI's come a long way since then and we're proud of our lifesaving history.
Poole Lifeboat Station is the latest good cause to receive a donation from the Yellow Buses/Daily Echo Carbon Stoppers scheme.
Andrew Smith, Yellow Buses' Managing Director, stepped onboard Poole's Tyne class lifeboat City of Sheffield to present a cheque for £200.
Carbon Stoppers was launched by Yellow Buses and the Daily Echo 6 years ago.
Each week, Yellow Buses holds a Thank You Thursday when every trip taken by passengers on the day contributes to a separately administered Community Chest.
The bus company has pledged a minimum donation of £50 per week to the Carbon Stoppers fund with Daily Echo readers invited to nominate worthy recipients.
Since Carbon Stoppers was launched in 2008 a total of £13,110 has been presented to 53 charities and good causes.
Andrew Smith said: 'You do a fantastic job and it's a real pleasure to present you with this money on behalf of Daily Echo readers and our bus passengers.'
Just when you thought that Rachel Matthews had thought of every possible digital way to raise money, her latest campaign is #pianoinspace. She's trying to get her piano performance heard on the International Space Station!
Her fundraising has so far raised £1,790 and she's aiming to raise enough money to train and kit-out a lifeboat crew member. This costs £2,232.
To find out more about her campaign, check out her YouTube video.
Read more of Rachel's story.
Book your tickets now for our Annual Summer Dinner Dance at RNLI College, featuring a 3 course dinner and dancing to a live band!