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.

Thanks to Dorset Catering Services, Lake Yard and Luke Targett who all provided a full Hog Roast party and live music event on Saturday 20 September for over 100 people. This raised an incredible 1,422.41 for Marie Curie Cancer Care in memory of our former Second Coxswain Paul Singleton. Well done Rob for organising it all and raising over 4,000 to date.

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B class

Date: 28/9/14

Lifeboat: ILB
Casualty: Vessel aground
Location: Wareham Channel

Our busy few days continued and saw the ILB launched early Sunday morning on 28 September.

Poole inshore lifeboat crew had a early call when Solent Coastguard launched them to assist a 10m yacht that had gone aground at the entrance of the Wareham Channel.

The pagers went off just before 5am to assist a yacht that was beached on the mud, with two people onboard.

The inshore lifeboat was swiftly on scene and checked that all was okay. The volunteers attached a tow and pulled the stricken vessel free.

Once refloated, the yacht continued its journey and the lifeboat crew returned back to the station and were ready for service by 6.30am.

Motor vessel

Date: 27/9/14

Lifeboat: ILB and ALB
Casualty: Vessel adrift and possible persons in the water
Location: Off Lake Pier, Poole Harbour

Poole all-weather lifeboat was launched on Saturday 27 September at 0830 to a report that a vessel had struck another vessel at Lake Pier, inside Poole Harbour.

The volunteer crew were soon on scene and found that a 12m motorboat had collided with and become entangled with a moored yacht.

There was nobody on the vessels and both boats had suffered some damage. The lifeboat crew boarded the boats and worked at parting the vessels and disentangling them.

Poole lifeboat crew then secured the vessel, attached a tow and brought it back to Poole Town Quay Marina, where the owner of the motorboat and Poole Coastguards were waiting alongside.

Solent Coastguard then tasked the inshore lifeboat to search the area to check if there was anything else untoward or any further damage to any other vessels in the vicinity.

The volunteer crew scoured the area off Lake Pier and the lifeboat carried out a thorough search of the scene.

Coastguards and Marine Police are now investigating the incident.

Both lifeboats returned to station, ready for service, by midday.

B class

Date: 25/9/14

Lifeboat: ILB and ALB
Casualty: Persons spotted in the water
Location: Off Poole Quay

Both Poole RNLI lifeboats were launched in the early hours of the morning to search for a person reported to be in the water off Poole Quay.

Solent Coastguard tasked the inshore lifeboat at 12.50am and then the all-weather lifeboat was asked to join the search shortly after, as more people were spotted in the water and there was some confusion if all of the people had been accounted for.

The lifeboat volunteers were joined by the Coastguard helicopter and a thorough co-ordinated search of the water ensued, taking into account the state and direction of the tides. Meanwhile Poole Coastguards conducted a landside search.

Despite these in-depth searches nothing was found so the lifeboats were stood down and returned back to station at 03.45am.

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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!

Visit our photo gallery for more photos.


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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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

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!

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.