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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

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Date: 29/7/14

Lifeboat: ILB
Casualty: Yacht aground
Location: Near Green Island, Poole Harbour

A yacht with two people onboard had been aground for some time near Green Island within Poole Harbour and the skipper was becoming concerned about his female crew member so he requested assistance from Portland Coastguard.

In failing light, Poole inshore lifeboat launched just after 2100 and arrived at the casualty a few minutes later.

The vessel was safely towed off and refloated and escorted to the Royal Motor Yacht Club. No medical assistance was required.

The crew then returned to station at 2245.


Date: 29/7/14

Lifeboat: ILB
Casualty: 6.5m yacht
Location: Between the bridges, Poole Harbour

While some RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew members were at a meeting at Poole Lifeboat Station, they were informed that a 6.5m sailing yacht with two adults and a baby onboard was in difficulty between the Twin Sails and Old Lifting Bridges in Poole Harbour.

The Lifeboat Operations Manager authorised the immediate launch of the inshore lifeboat Sgt Bob Martin (Civil Service No.50) to assist.

Just a short time later the crew found out that the yacht suffered engine failure while between the bridges.

The stricken yacht was initially assisted by another vessel before being handed over to the lifeboat and towed alongside Poole Quay.

The lifeboat returned to station at about 5.30pm.

ILB in Poole Bay

Date: 28/7/14

Lifeboat: ILB (x2)
Casualty: (1) Missing 10.9m sailing yacht & (2) Person in difficulty in the water
Location: (1) Off Swanage / Poole Bay & (2) Off Ham Park in Poole Harbour

Poole's inshore lifeboat, Sgt Bob Martin (Civil Service No.50), was requested to launch twice today in quick succession by Portland Coastguard Rescue Coordination Centre, first to a missing yacht and secondly to reports of a person in difficulty in Poole Harbour.

(1) At 1109 today the ILB was requested launch to join Coastguard Rescue teams ashore in the search for a missing 10.9m sailing yacht. The yacht departed Weymouth with 5 people on board on Saturday (26/7/14) at around 1130 and was last seen off Swanage at about 1715 yesterday (27/7/14). No further contact had been made.

At 1148 Poole ILB located the yacht in Poole Harbour off Brownsea Island. A volunteer crew member was put aboard the yacht to see if there was anyone on board or if there was a tender still with the vessel.

The crew member established that there were no persons aboard the yacht, the yacht was secure and there was no tender with the vessel. It was therefore assumed that the occupants were ashore and safe and well. The lifeboat crew proceeded to a local yacht club to make further enquiries.

(2) At 1258, for the second time today, Portland Coastguard requested the immediate launch of Poole ILB to a person believed to be in difficulty in the water off Ham Park in Poole Harbour.

Having just returned from a previous incident the lifeboat crew were underway within a couple of minutes and on scene at 1304.

On arrival of the lifeboat it appeared that the male had made it back to the shore but a lifeboat crew member was put ashore to check that the casualty did not require any medical assistance.

The person was deemed to be safe and well and it was ascertained that he had been attempting to recover an inflatable that was being blown off shore.

The lifeboat was stood down and returned to station ready for service.

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Poole lifeboat marks anniversary of first shot of First World War – 28 June 2014

Poole all-weather lifeboat joined a myriad of vessels on Saturday 28 June 2014 as the start of the First World War was commemorated.

Assistant Mechanic Neil Ceconi sounded the ALB's horn for 10 seconds and lowered its ensign to half-mast at 6pm to mark the hour of the first shot being fired at the start of the Great War in 1914.

A cacophony of remembrance signals could be heard around Poole Harbour.

Similar events were replicated across the world under an initiative organised by UNESCO, supported by the International Maritime Organization, to commemorative the start of the First World War.

28 June marked 100 years since the first act that sparked a chain of events leading to the Great War when Archduke Franz Ferdinand – heir to the imperial crown of Austria and Hungary – was assassinated by 19-year-old Gavrilo Princip in Sarajevo.

5,000 shouts

Poole Lifeboat Station volunteers carry out 5,000th shout – 15 June 2014

A busy weekend for Poole lifeboat crew volunteers saw Poole Lifeboat Station reach a milestone in its history as it carried out its 5,000th lifeboat shout. Poole is the first RNLI all-weather lifeboat station to achieve this landmark moment.

The surge of lifeboat shouts to reach this milestone started on Friday the 13th with the inshore and all-weather lifeboats being tasked four times each by Portland Coastguard to four separate incidents. This was followed on Sunday 15 June with an eventful day that started in the morning when the ILB crew were tasked to a medical evacuation to help a casualty and get him ashore to paramedics.

At the end of the same day, in darkness, a rising tide and logistical challenge required quick thinking on how to transfer equipment and assets to fight a fire on a difficult-to-get-to island.

With the inshore lifeboat and boarding boat launching, the volunteers notched up their 5000th shout in the history of Poole Lifeboat Station.

Since 1865 Poole lifeboat crews have been helping people and saving lives at sea. Volunteer Poole Lifeboat Press Officer Anne-Marie Clark said: 'Whatever the number of shouts, it's always business as usual. 5,000 is a huge number, but what's really humbling is when you think of the people, then their families, whom we have touched, reunited or helped in some small way.

'We think back to the courageous crews that have gone before us, who contributed to this historic achievement and shared our selfless commitment, and we reflect on the present volunteers, especially on days like today.'

Anne-Marie added: 'We also look forward and next year is another milestone, when Poole Lifeboat Station is 150 years old. Please keep supporting us, as we are a charity and rely on the support and donations to keep afloat.

'We would prefer not to notch up another few thousand shouts as we want people to stay safe but we will always be at the ready – ready to save lives in and around Poole.'

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Poole Bay Walk

Raise money for charity in Poole Bay Walk – Sunday 3 August 2014

Raise money for the charity of your choice by taking part in the sponsored Poole Bay Walk, organised by the Rotary Club of Poole Bay.

Participants can choose to fundraise for the charity of their choice, and we would be very grateful for anyone who chooses to walk for the RNLI.

The walk starts and finishes at The Fish Shambles on Poole Quay, and takes in some of Poole's most attractive scenery: the harbour side, Evening Hill and its beautiful viewpoint and the beaches, before returning via Branksome Chine and pine covered areas back to Whitecliff Park and Poole Quay.

You'll be walking from Poole Quay, home to the RNLI's Poole Lifeboat Station, and along the front from Sandbanks to Branksome, passing several RNLI lifeguard stations on your way.

You can check out more information on our Events page, or visit the Rotary Club of Poole Bay website for instructions on how to register.


Poole crew take part in 24-hour swimathon –
18 July 2014

Several Poole lifeboat crew members have taken part in a sponsored swimathon in the Sea Survival Pool at RNLI College today to raise vital funds to train volunteer lifeboat crews.

The challenge saw crew members and lifeboat trainers from RNLI College each swimming 20 minute legs in a 24-hour relay swimathon, starting at 12 noon on Friday.

Poole crew members taking part included Dave Riley, Glenn Mallen, Oli Mallinson, Glen Mallen, James Kilburn and Alex Evans (all lifeboat trainers) as well as Rob Inett, Paul Taylor and Dave Bursey.

The pool isn't heated and has no shallow end (the depth all over is 4m), so there was no putting their feet down for a breather and a lifeguard was on duty throughout in case of any problems.

Well done to everyone who took part, and if you'd like to sponsor this marathon (swimathon?!) effort then please visit the team's JustGiving page and check out their poster. Thank you!

And for the latest news and photos, check out our Twitter stream!

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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.

Poole Bay Walk

Poole Bay Walk – Sunday 3 August 2014

Raise money for the charity of your choice by taking part in the sponsored Poole Bay Walk, organised by the Rotary Club of Poole Bay.

Please visit our Events page to find out more about how to register or getting sponsorship.

Open Day

Poole Lifeboat Station Open Day –
Sunday 10 August 2014, 11am–5pm

Yes! It's that time of year again when we throw open all our doors for our annual Lifeboat Station Open Day.

After last year's hugely successful day, we're planning for a bigger and better day this year.

So put the date in your diary and come on down between 11am and 5pm on Sunday 10 August 2014.

More details coming soon!

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.