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Poole Lifeboat Station is one of over 235 lifeboat stations around the coast of the UK and RoI, 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: Broken down fishing boat
Location: Poole Harbour
Poole RNLI inshore lifeboat launched at 1920 to a 6.7m aluminium fishing boat with one person onboard that had broken down, midway between the entrance of the Wareham Channel and Rockley Point.
He had been out there for a while when he encountered a problem and alerted Portland Coastguard.
Portland requested that Poole lifeboat crew launch to assist and when the lifeboat arrived on scene they found the man was cold as he had been there for a while.
The crew checked the gentleman over and decided to bring him back to the lifeboat station to warm up; they towed his stricken vessel back and secured it alongside on Poole Quay.
The inshore lifeboat arrived back at the station at 2030 where paramedics met the casualty to make sure he was okay. After a warm drink, to thaw out, he was feeling much better and none the worse for his adventure.
Casualty: Broken down motorboat
Location: Poole Bay, near Hook Sands
Poole ALB launched at around 1220 to a report of a 10.4m broken down motor cruiser, which was on passage to Chichester having left Saltern's Marina earlier, with three persons aboard.
The vessel got into difficulty when it encountered an electrical fault so the skipper alerted Portland Coastguard. At the time their position was 5 miles east of the Bar Buoy, which is the last marker at the end of the Swash Channel.
On arrival at the scene in Poole Bay, the volunteers found that the vessel was now 2 miles east of the buoy, near to Hook Sands.
Two volunteer crew members, Rob Inett and James Kilburn, were transferred to the motor cruiser to check that all was okay. A tow was then established and the crew brought them safely back into Poole Harbour and then back alongside at Saltern's Marina.
The lifeboat returned back to station around 1530. Read more ...
This shout happened on 9/11/13, a date that is a mathematical phenomenon so rare that it only occurs five times every 100 years.
This is the last time for 92 years that we will have a day featuring three consecutive odd numbers – the final 'Odd Day' of the 21st century!
Thank you for all your support this year and thank you on behalf of those rescued throughout the year. They'll be able to spend Christmas this year with their families – safe and merry and dry.
Here's an amazing rescue compilation video of some of those rescues.
Poole Lifeboat Station and all the other RNLI lifeboat crews will be spending this Christmas on call, and Boscombe lifeguards will be on duty for your festive dips, but please stay safe.
Best wishes to everyone for a happy and peaceful Christmas and New Year and we look forward to your continued support in 2014.
Poole lifeboat crew, volunteers, fundraisers and lifeboat family gathered for their 'Big boat, Big birthday' on Thursday 12 December at 1900. See photos .
The City of Sheffield, the town's very own all-weather lifeboat, has been on station here at Poole since 5 September 2001. This was a momentous day in the station's history as it changed the station from an intermediate to an all-weather lifeboat station.
The Reverend Lucy Holt will be joining the crew for the boat's blessing, celebrating the lifeboat's 25 years of faithful service, and there will be time to reflect, to give thanks and to look forward. There will also be time to share some birthday cake and no doubt a few yarns and tales of past shouts aboard the old gal City of Sheffield.
Over the past 25 years she has launched 776 times, rescuing over 870 people and saving over 100 lives. Included in these, in her 13 years while at Poole, she has launched 487 times, rescuing over 540 people.
The people of Poole, Whitby, Ramsgate, Hartlepool and Sennen Cove are all grateful for her service over the last 25 years.
And thank you to the people of the City of Sheffield who, along with a bequest from Mrs Mary Mabel Walker and further legacies, raised the money to pay for her in 1987 and 1988.
Congratulations have been received from the Mayor of Sheffield and the mechanic of Whitby also said: 'Every time I come to Poole I have to walk down the quay to say hello to the old girl.
'She always looks brilliant and is a credit to the Poole Lifeboat Station. We have lots of memories of her and still occasionally get a visit from the people who raised the money to buy her.'
Here's to the next 25 years!
Janice, Elli and Lewis wish to thank everyone who attended Paul's funeral service. A special thanks to Poole lifeboat crew, his many friends from other stations and the RNLI. Also thanks to the Reverend Colin Hodge and Tapper Funeral Service. The donations in Paul's memory totalling £1,300 to Marie Curie are very much appreciated.
It was an opportunity for Poole Lifeboat Crew and members of Poole Yacht Club(PYC) to let their hair down and have a bit of fun when PYC held a games night.
There were 8 teams, each with lifeboat crew and yacht club members, but this didn't stop the stiff competition.
We're not quite sure how much cheating there was ... but the team that won had Mechanic Paul Taylor in it!
The real winner though was the lifeboat station, which gained a wonderful £128.47 from the raffle.
Rod Brown, Lifeboat Operations Manager, said: 'It was a great night and everyone enjoyed themselves. Thank you to everyone at Poole Yacht Club, who made this night great fun and raised funds at the same time.'
Check out the fun photos of the night.
Back in May and June 2013, we reported on the tremendous and tireless efforts by Rachel Matthews to raise money for Poole Lifeboat Station from her 54 appearances in the Slipway cafe:bar at RNLI College every day during May using her musical talents to tinkle the ivories and her innovative digital fundraising efforts.
It started as part of the Tenner Challenge and ended up with her raising nearly £1,500.
Not only did Poole Lifeboat Station benefit hugely from this but, in the whole of the UK, Rachel became the Most Inspiring Individual in the 12–19 age group and was awarded Highest Profit in the 12–14 age group.
Check out this video to see how some of last year's participants used their tenners including Rachel!
Well done again Rachel and you're certainly an inspiration for all of us.
Wednesday 1 January 2013 – New Year's Day Bath Race, Poole Quay, tbc