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
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.
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
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 ... !
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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
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.
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!
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
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!