Paul Savage
Former Poole Crew Member receives OBE in Queen's New Year Honours – 1 January 2014


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Four Long Days gruelling challenge completed and over 5,000 raised – 27 November 2014

Six months after starting out on a huge challenge to raise money in memory of former Second Coxswain Paul SIngleton, Crew Member Rob Inett has completed his challenge and raised over three times his target.

Four gruelling multi-sport challenges later and Rob has raised more than 5,000 in honour of a much-missed friend and colleague.

Marie Curie cheque

Rob says: 'Originally I wanted to raise 1,600, representing 1 for every time that Paul launched on service with the lifeboat, but having raised over 5,000 now I'm delighted with how well the fundraising has gone this year.

I've had amazing support from friends and family, and a few local businesses such as Lake Yard, Wigmore Books and Dorset Catering Services, who have all been fantastic.'

Rob took on extreme physical challenges including an Ironman Triathlon, half-Ironman race, 12-hour non-stop static cycle challenge and an epic 11-hour mountain quadrathlon in Snowdonia.

The final challenge on 26 October saw Rob and two close friends tackle a 60-mile bike ride, one-mile open water swim, three-mile lake paddleboard and climb to the summit of Snowden and back in atrocious weather, high winds and pouring rain.

On the summit he laid a photograph and message in memory of Paul, who died in October 2013 aged 52, from his crewmates at Poole Lifeboat Station. It said: 'Loved and missed by all at Poole Lifeboat.'

The funds raised will go to Marie Curie Cancer Care and Rob and Paul's family met three local nurses from Marie Curie, who helped nurse him through his final months at home. He handed over a cheque for 5,125, enough money to fund 256 hours or 32 full nights of a nurse's time, giving care to those living with cancer.

His fundraising ends on 1 December so to support his final few days, go to

His full story and pictures of the endurance challenges can be found on Rob's website and you can check out more photos in our photo gallery.

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Lest We Forget – 9 November 2014

Poole volunteer crew members and officials took part in the annual Remembrance Sunday parade in Poole Park to honour all those who have lost their lives in service of their country.

Thousands of members of the public turned up to commemorate the fallen on this special Remembrance Sunday, marking 100 years since the start of the First World War and 70 years since D-Day. In Poole Park, the public lined the pavements and grass areas up to the War Memorial on a sunny winter's day.

The parade was led by Poole Sea Cadets, and included military personnel, veterans, and navy, air and army cadets, as well as members of the emergency services.

Remembrance parade Wreath laying

Poole Lifeboat Station was proud to be involved and was represented by around 15 volunteer crew and station officials.

At the same time, the inshore lifeboat launched to lay a wreath off Old Harry's Rocks in a mark of respect.

Photo credits: Above left: Debs Warren & Above right: Ed Davies

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Poole crew member wins Thomas Gray Memorial Trust Silver Medal – 15 October 2014

Poole volunteer crew member Glen Mallen, ALB Deputy Second Coxswain & ILB Helm, was awarded the prestigious Thomas Gray Memorial Trust Silver Medal at Haberdasher's Hall in London on Wednesday - congratulations Glen!

Each year the Marine Society, a charity which supports the professional development of seafarers, holds an annual convention for its members and presents a series of special awards recognising achievement across the maritime sector.

Glen Mallen, who joined Poole lifeboat crew in 2008 and is also Lifeboat Training Manager at RNLI College, was nominated for the award in recognition of his many years' service to the RNLI, including being a volunteer for the RNLI's Flood Rescue Team.

Glen Mallen with his medal Glen Mallen with his medal

Glen was accompanied to the ceremony by fellow crew member and Lifeboat Trainer Dave Riley, and both called in at Tower Lifeboat Station for a cup of tea afterwards!

You can read more about the awards on the Marine Society website, or check out our photo gallery for photos of Glen and Dave.

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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).

Rob racing at Cotswold Water Park

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:

Thank you!

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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.

Ice bucket challenge Ice bucket challenge

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!)

Ice bucket challenge Ice bucket challenge

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.

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

Lifeguard training

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.

Weymouth: 8–13 September

Poole/Bournemouth: Weekends in September (13 and 14,20 and 21, 27 and 28) or October half term 27 October–1 November

Potential candidates will be required to attend a taster day and course selection on Saturday 6 September in Poole, and you will also need to ensure you are able to achieve the following fitness requirements:

Swim: 400m in 7 minutes 30 seconds (with the first 200m completed in 3 minutes 30 seconds or less); 25m underwater followed by 25m front crawl in 50 seconds.

Run: 200m in 40 seconds.

Candidates must also be aged 16 years or older to complete the beach lifeguard assessment.

Although completing a lifeguard course does not guarantee employment, this is a truly unique lifeguarding opportunity.

Have you got what it takes to join the action and help the RNLI save lives on the beach?

For more information please email .

Good luck!

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THANK YOU – over 4,000 raised – 12 August 2014

Thank you

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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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!

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Poole crew member completes his first Marie Curie endurance challenge – 2 August 2014

On Saturday volunteer crew member Rob Inett successfully completed the first of four endurance challenges in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care; in memory of his friend and former crew mate, Paul 'Flipper' Singleton of Poole Lifeboat Station.

The challenge was an individual 12 hour continuous ride on a static bike 'turbo trainer' which Rob completed alongside a cycling club in Swindon.

Rob on his turbo charger Rob and fellow fundraiser Neil Rutter

Photo above left: Rob on his static bike 'turbo trainer'

Photo above right: Rob's friend Neil Rutter and Rob, some 3 hours into their 12-hour cycle challenge

For the full story and more photos, please visit Rob's website.

Following his first challenge Rob said: "Many sincere thanks to all of you who have supported me so far; I have already raised over 1,700 and hope to get close to 3,000 by the end of the last challenge in October.

My next challenge is a unique Iron-distance triathlon event (5 miles board paddle, 112 miles bike ride, 26.2 mile row) in Poole on August 10th."

To support Rob or donate please visit this link:

We're tired just thinking about it ... well done Rob from all at Poole Lifeboat Station, and keep up the good work!

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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.

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999 Coastal Challenge arrives back in Poole – 21 June 2014

The team of Watersafe UK volunteers who'd set off from Poole 9 days earlier completed their Round Britain Coastal Challenge at 1500 on midsummer's day.

999 Challenge team back in Poole Harbour 999 Challenge team back in Poole Harbour

Poole RNLI's ILB launched to meet the team in Poole Harbour and, along with the Poole Harbour pilot boat, escorted them back to a mooring at Poole Quay Boat Haven. This was amidst the Harry Paye Day celebrations on the quay so the 999 crew returned to a noisy welcome!

999 Challenge approaches Poole Quay Boat Haven 999 Challenge moored at Poole Quay Boat Haven

This marked the successful completion of Watersafe UK's challenge to round Britain in 9 days, 9 hours and 9 minutes, stopping at 9 lifeboat stations on the way – Penlee, Fishguard, Port Erin, Oban, Lochinver, Fraserburgh, Whitby, Harwich, and Littlehampton.

The challenge aims to raise 50,000 for Watersafe UK and the RNLI, as the two organisations work closely together in flood rescue provision. To find out more, please visit their website or Facebook, and you can donate on their JustGiving page.

999 Challenge crew on Poole Quay 999 Challenge crew on the ALB

Congratulations to the team for completing their challenge, and click here for photos of their gloriously sunny return to Poole!

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

5,000 shouts

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.'

Former Helm Holly Phillips awarded MBE in Queen's Birthday Honours – 14 June 2014


Former Helm Holly Phillips has been awarded an MBE in The Queen's Birthday Honours.

Holly joined Poole Lifeboat Station in 1994 and was the first female crew member at the station and the 100th female crew member in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

As a helmsman and trainer on the inshore lifeboat and a crew member and navigator on the all-weather lifeboat, Holly clocked up 270 services, 102 exercises and saved 42 lives.

Holly has been awarded the distinguished award for her role in the RNLI as Principal Naval Architect, project managing the design and build of the Mark 2 version of the E class lifeboat, which is on service on the Thames.

Check out more information on her award ...

Congratulations Holly – very well deserved and it couldn't be awarded to a nicer person. Brilliant!

Photo: RNLI Poole

Round Britain Coastal Challenge heads off from Poole Lifeboat Station – 12 June 2014


Ten volunteers headed out from Poole Lifeboat Station on Thursday 12 June on a 999 Coastal Challenge to round Britain in 9 days, 9 hours and 9 minutes.

The six boat crew and four support crew are hoping to raise 50,000 for Watersafe UK and the RNLI and will stop at 9 lifeboat stations – Penlee, Fishguard, Port Erin, Oban, Lochinver, Fraserburgh, Whitby, Harwich, and Littlehampton – before returning to Poole on Saturday 21 June.

The volunteers from Watersafe UK work alongside the RNLI flood rescue teams and have a close relationship with Beaumaris Lifeboat Station.

You can follow their progress on their website or Facebook and donate on their JustGiving page.

Good luck guys and see you in 9 days 9 hours and 9 minutes!

Poole crew commemorate 70th anniversary of D Day – 6 June 2014

D Day

Unsung heroes from the Second World War who saved the lives of hundreds of servicemen at the height of battle were remembered by Poole lifeboat volunteers on the 70th anniversary of the D Day landings.

Poole lifeboat crew laid a wreath at the US Coast Guard memorial stone on Poole Quay in memory of the crews that lost their lives while saving others during the D Day landings. The plaque was given by the men and women of the United States Coast Guard in remembrance of the service of Rescue Flotilla 1, and with appreciation of the kindnesses of the people of Poole to the crews.

Sixty US Coast Guard cutters departed from Poole Quay to escort the D Day invasion fleet to the Normandy beaches.

The Matchbox Fleet, also known as the Seagoing St Bernards, was credited with saving the lives of 1,437 men and 1 woman.

On the first day of the invasion of Normandy, those courageous men saved the lives of more than 400 servicemen.

Photo: RNLI Poole

Celebrating Volunteers' Week – 1–7 June 2014

Volunteers week

This year is the 30th anniversary of Volunteers' Week and it's time to celebrate! Volunteers' Week is an annual event to celebrate the contribution made by millions of volunteers across the UK.

This National Volunteers' Week (1–7 June) at Poole Lifeboat Station we're celebrating our 30 volunteer Poole lifeboat crew members who are on call 24/7 to keep us safe on the water – ordinary people who do extraordinary things.

Our 30 volunteer crew members have volunteered over the last 30 minutes, 30 hours, 30 days and some for 30 years!

We'd also like to say thank you to all our volunteers who are involved with Poole Lifeboat Station – crew, launching authorities, lifeboat management group, fundraisers, museum volunteers, coastal safety, visits and presenters.

The strength of Poole Lifeboat Station has come from the selflessness, dedication, courage, and dependability of all of our volunteers over the last 149 years.

Make sure you stay tuned in to hear about some of our plans our volunteers have for our 150th anniversary next year!

See who our crew are, and what to do if you'd like to become one of our volunteers in one of the many roles at Poole Lifeboat Station.

Photo: RNLI Poole/Dave Riley

Boycie's onboard Four Long Days Challenge – 1 June 2014


TV star John Challis, Boycie from the hit series Only Fools and Horses, has provided a huge boost for the Four Long Days Challenge, set up just 3 weeks ago by Crew Member Rob Inett.

John, a lifelong supporter of the RNLI Lizard Lifeboat Station, has donated a number of signed books to auction in memory of former Second Coxswain Paul Singleton (Flipper).

Rob is trying to raise 1,600 – representing 1 for every time that Paul launched on service with Poole lifeboat.

Since setting up his challenge, Rob has raised over 70% of his target.

With just over 400 to go to meet his target, find details of Rob's challenges and donate on his Just Giving page.

John has also added the fundraising link to his Twitter site that has 40,000 followers.

Thanks so much to everyone who has donated and added messages of support for Rob, and keep coming back to check for details of the auction.

Photo: RNLI

Thumbs up for inspirational Stephen Sutton
– 30 May 2014

Stephen Sutton

Deputy Second Coxswain Dave Riley and Crew Member Anne Millman joined other crew from Gravesend, St Abbs and North Berwick on Friday 30 May 2014 to give a 'Thumbs up' for Stephen Sutton.

They were among the thousands of people who posted 'thumbs up' photos on social media in memory of fundraiser Stephen Sutton, who lost his fight with cancer on 14 May.

When he was diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer, Stephen set about raising thousands of pounds for charity. After Stephen posted a photograph online earlier this year, showing him giving the thumbs up while he was in hospital, the appeal went viral.

By the time he died the total raised for the Teenage Cancer Trust was well above 3M, and the figure is now over 4.16M.

Using #thumbsupforstephen, the hashtag quickly caught on and Twitter said around 11,000 tweets had been sent accompanied by #thumbsupforstephen in an hour.

The crews are proud to remember such an inspirational young man.

Busy weekend for Poole's Sea Safety volunteers at Cobbs Quay –
17 & 18 May 2014

Volunteers from Poole Lifeboat Station's Sea Safety team had a busy 2 days at Cobbs Quay Open Weekend.

Sea Safety Roadshow at Cobbs Quay Sea Safety Roadshow at Cobbs Quay

Photos above: A member of the public has his lifejacket inspected at the Sea Safety Roadshow, Cobbs Quay Open Weekend

The sunny weather drew out the crowds and the team checked over some 65 lifejackets, 9 of which would not have worked properly due to the common fault of loose cylinders. They also discovered 49 firing heads that were out of date, as well as lots of other faults that would have rendered the lifejackets inefficient.

The team, headed up by Lifeboat Sea Safety Officer Chris Holloway, also carried out 2 advice onboard checks and gave talks on how to call for help out on the water.

The team would also like to remind everyone of the RNLI's top sea safety tips ahead of May half-term and the busy summer boating season.

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Four Long Days Challenge – 14 May 2014


As we reported last year, Second Coxswain Paul Singleton sadly died of cancer last year at the all-too-young age of 52; over 600 people attended his funeral in Poole.

Paul is succeeded by his son, Lewis, as a training member of Poole lifeboat crew.

This year, Crew Member Rob Inett intends to raise some funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care, who helped a great deal with Paul's family during their long drawn-out battle with his illness, him being confined to bed at home for over a year.

As a keen cyclist and rower, formerly an international oarsman, Rob plans to take on the Four Long Days challenge during August and October in Paul's memory.

Rob is trying to raise 1,600 – representing 1 for every time that Paul launched on service with the lifeboat.

For details of Rob's challenges and to donate go to his Just Giving page.

Deputy Launching Authority Liam McKenna sums up the challenge: 'Rob you are an absolute star. Best wishes. If anybody can do it, you can. In memory of a brilliant bloke and supporting a fantastic cause.'

Poole's own alternative boat race – 6 April 2014

X boat

On the morning of the famous Boat Race, tensions were high on the all-weather lifeboat as selection day for the all-important X boat team had arrived.

The crew were nervous and psyching each other out. Who would gain their position on the race team?

Steve, Graham, Chris and Dave all had to show their rowing skills in the Tyne's daughter boat while out training in Studland Bay on the morning of the real Boat Race.

After several laps of the lifeboat the jury was out on who would take their place on the rowing team.

We don't think Poole Rowing Club have any new members heading their way just yet!

More photos ...

New RNLI environmental policy turns lifeboats green – 1 April 2014

Lifeboats go green

Starting today, RNLI lifeboats will be painted green to improve cost-effective repair work.

Using biodegradable paint will mean the cost of maintaining the huge lifeboat fleet will be dramatically reduced. Recent research has also found that the new green livery is highly visible at sea.

Following her anti-fouling yesterday, Poole lifeboat was the first of the all-weather fleet to be transformed.

Photo: RNLI Poole

Mechanic up early for bottom scrub! – 31 March 2014

An early morning bottom scrub saw Poole's Mechanic and crew take the Tyne class lifeboat City of Sheffield up to the RNLI's Lifeboat Maintenance Centre at Cobbs Quay on Monday 31 March for a routine hull scrub.

Bottom scrub Bottom scrub

As Poole's all-weather lifeboat is an afloat-launched lifeboat, she sits in the water all year at her berth at Poole Lifeboat Station on Poole Quay. As a result of this, there is a build-up of algae on the hull, which can slow her down when out on a shout.

She was pressure-washed and then had a coat of anti-foul added before being lifted back into the water and taken back to her berth.

Photos: Paul Taylor

Visit to Mayor's Office – 25 March 2014

Mayor's visit

Poole lifeboat crew members, station officials, and members of Poole and District Fundraising Branch, along with family and friends, visited Poole Mayor's Office on Tuesday 25 March as a way of thanking them for their service to the RNLI and the town of Poole.

The 765th Mayor of Poole, Councillor Philip Eades, entertained the crew to a buffet and drinks at the Civic Centre. The Mayor, who hands over office in May, treated us all to a tour of the Council Chamber and Mayor's Parlour.

Check out photos of the evening ...

Sgt Bob's back! – 7 March 2014

Sgt Bob

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.

Poole crew member stars in RNLI's promotion of new apprenticeship programme – 4 March 2014


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:

Photo: RNLI

190 years young – 4 March 2014


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.

Paul collects his OBE from Prince Charles – 12 February 2014


On Wednesday 12 February, former Poole Crew Member Paul Savage was awarded an OBE by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace for services to Maritime and Coastal Safety.

The OBE – Officer of the Order of the British Empire – is awarded for having a major local role in any activity, including work that has made them known nationally in their chosen area.

Paul's OBE is in recognition of his work in creating revolutionary casualty care training for RNLI volunteer crew members and lifeguards across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Well done Paul.

Photo: British Ceremonial Arts

See Our Sweeties – 1 February 2014

The next generation and newest recruits to the Poole lifeboat family popped into the station on 25 January.

In the past 3 months the station has said hello to three new bonnie arrivals – Fay Mallen, Evalyn Smith and Bethan Riley – there must be something in the water!

Fay, Evalyn and Bethan were warmly welcomed to the station at the coffee morning held for SOS Day, the RNLI's annual fundraising event.

Taking the opportunity of a break in the weather, the new dads, Poole lifeboat volunteers Glen Mallen, Pete Smith and Dave Riley, proudly brought their new babies, three gorgeous girlies, to see the lifeboat station and to share a few cuddles.

New babies New babies

Poole lifeboat crew has always been very much a family affair with dads and sons joining the crew. Continuing the tradition, among our current crew are Anthony Skerman and Lewis Singleton, who have both followed in their dads' footsteps.

Volunteer Coxswain Jonathan Clark also followed his father, who was Second Coxswain. When he was growing up he remembers being left at the lifeboat station (now the Old Lifeboat Museum), while his dad went out on a shout!

Jonathan's children have also grown up alongside the lifeboat. Lily Clark, 11, said: 'I am very proud of my dad being on the crew because he helps people and I like the lifeboat. Sometimes it can be hard when he is on duty and we cannot go to places like the cinema or do things together, but that's how it is.

'Dad's pager once went off when we were looking at my new school; we were sat in the hall with lots and lots of people and it bleeped really loudly and he had to go.

'Sometimes he goes in the night and my brother never even notices.' Lily added: 'The babies at the station were very cute, maybe we will have a daughter following in the family tradition very soon.'

Photos: RNLI/Nathan Williams

@PooleLifeboats reaches over 1,120 followers – 1 February 2014

@PooleLifeboats Twitter photo

Poole Lifeboat Station's Twitter account reached a milestone yesterday with its 1,000th follower – and overnight another 124 have added to the fold ... and counting ... !

If you're on Twitter and would like to check us out, then please follow @PooleLifeboats.

Check out Facebook too.

Poole Lifeboat Station second busiest in South West in 2013


Poole RNLI lifeboat station was the second busiest in the south west during 2013, with the volunteer crew called out 99 times.

Annual figures just released by the Poole-based lifesaving charity show that the busiest station in the region was Plymouth with 104 shouts, and Torbay and Weymouth followed Poole, each launching 82 times.

Lifeboats in the South West launched 1,449 times, rescued 1,450 people and saved 34 lives.

The busiest RNLI lifeguarded beaches were in Cornwall. However, lifeguards on 21 beaches in Dorset dealt with 2,925 incidents, helped 3,039 people and saved 4 lives.

Bournemouth West and East beaches combined were the busiest with 619 incidents over the summer while at Sandbanks, Poole, they dealt with 243 incidents.

Check out the report for total launches in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Photo: RNLI Swanage/Andy Lyons

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A fantastic year ... a look back on 2013

Both lifeboats

2013 was a busy year for Poole Lifeboat Station. Unofficial statistics reveal that the inshore and all-weather lifeboats launched 101 times and our lifeboats celebrated special birthdays – Sgt Bob Martin (Civil Service No 50) was 5 years old and City of Sheffield was 25!

Other highlights of the year include:

Poole Lifeboat Station started 2013 as the busiest lifeboat station in the South West in 2012, with 109 launches.

The crew were presented with a special RNLI Standard ceremonial flag by Poole-based construction company Morgan Sindall; 20 volunteer crew members and station personnel of Poole RNLI Lifeboat Station received Her Majesty The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medals; Paul Taylor was presented with his 20-year Long Service Badge and there was a bumper crop of awards for our local volunteers including Bronze and Silver Badges and Inscribed Statuettes.

Twelve new trainees joined the station – the most the station has ever recruited in one go – and the RNLI's training was put to good use away from the station when Crew Member Rob Inett provided vital medical care at the scene of a car crash on the M2. Rob, along with two other team members, also became the 2013 British National Emergency Services Triathlon Champion, making this a hat-trick of wins. Alex Evans headed off to Bangladesh for a second time to help deliver training and other crew members were deployed to various parts of the UK as part of the Flood Rescue Team. Our crews have also been stars of screen and broadsheets – appearing in Harbour Lives, Compass, Lookout and Dorset Life.

We said thank you to several crew members who retired from service to concentrate on life outside the station but there was huge sadness at the station when we said our final fond farewells to former Second Coxswain Bill Hayes, former Lifeboat Chairman Doug Kingsbury, volunteer Education Officer Howard Paine and Second Coxswain Paul (Flipper) Singleton.

Happier times included weddings and new arrivals – our eligible bachelors decreased by three as they married their sweethearts and we also welcomed the next generation to the station with two new babies.

Our sterling Poole and District fundraisers had a very successful year attending a multitude of events, fundraising collections and selling souvenirs.

The young and young at heart carried out some fantastic fundraising too – from a playgroup, to 9-year-old Ben adding to his energetic fundraising for the third year running and 13-year-old Rachel Matthews raising nearly 1,500 by tinkling the ivories and through her innovative digital fundraising. The Vintage Motorcycle Club roared into Poole and Property guru and presenter Kirsty Allsop met station and fundraising volunteers at a local DIY store. Our thanks also to local pubs, yacht clubs and companies.

Successful eBay auctions were held and we held our first ever Grand Open Day Raffle, which helped our Open Day to be the most successful ever.

The Visits team were busy with many school, youth group, college and adult group visits to the lifeboat station; our Sea Safety Team checked over 200 lifejackets, 19 of which would have failed to work in an emergency situation, so these checks have potentially saved 19 lives; and our Museum team opened come rain or shine.

Our digital media gained many new supporters – our Twitter account @PooleLifeboat was launched and now has over 880 followers, and over 1,360 people Like our Poole Facebook pages. Our website attracted over 76,500 page views and if you'd like to add to that, check out our Launches, News and Fundraising News pages for more to remind you of our achievements in 2013.

Thank you all for your support and we hope that 2014 will bring us some more memorable and momentous times.

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Bonny arrival for Poole Lifeboat Station – 14 January 2014

Dave Riley and baby daughter

Congratulations to Dave Riley and his partner Debs on the arrival of their new daughter Bethan Neve Riley. Dave shared his good news with crew and station volunteers, and thanked the crew for sending Debs a lovely bouquet of flowers which he joked had put his to shame!

Two fellow crew members, Pete Smith and Glen Mallen, have also had recent arrivals, so we hope to release a group photo of the happy families soon!

Congratulations from all at Poole Lifeboat Station!

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Congratulations to Paul Savage OBE in the New Year's Honours – 1 January 2014

Paul Savage

Paul Savage, RNLI Clinical Operations Manager and former crew member at Poole Lifeboat Station, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen's New Year's Honours List 2014. This is in recognition of his work in creating revolutionary first aid training for RNLI volunteer crew members across the UK and RoI.

Photo credit: RNLI/Nigel Millard

What separates his methodology from any that has gone before it is its simplicity; a process that relies on check cards as opposed to memory, meaning crew members and lifeguards can quickly assess casualties and provide the most appropriate treatment.

The training is reinforced by treatment cards, manuals, scenario training cards and e-books, all designed by Paul, and approved by the College of Paramedics and the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh).

As Paul says, 'It's about equipping people with the skills and the confidence to treat casualties, whether that's in their role as a volunteer crew m

Paul Savage was on the crew at Poole Lifeboat Station from 1985 to 2001, when he was affectionately known as 'Jelly Tot', and the OBE isn't the first honour he's been awarded. Instead, he received a Framed Chairman's Letter of Thanks in 2001 for his role in the rescue of several sailing boats that were pinned by a strong ebb tide against the Sandbanks chain ferry on 5 May 2001. You can read more about this shout in our past launches section.

Well done Paul on becoming an OBE from all at Poole Lifeboat Station!

Text credit: RNLI/Isla Reynolds

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Poole lifeboat crews on standby in New Year gales – 1 January 2014

Poole's all-weather and inshore lifeboats crew remain on standby in the New Year as another low pressure system crosses the country from the Atlantic, bringing with it strong winds and rain lashing the south coast.

In the past hour, gusts of up to 62 knots have been recorded in Poole Harbour (source Poole Harbour Weather), and conditions out on the water are extremely rough.

The gusts are expected to ease off as the day progresses and tomorrow should see an improvement, however the forecast is for more winds and strong rain this weekend.

So take care and stay safe!

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