A busy time for Poole Lifeboat volunteers

Drop in temperature hasn’t deterred people from going out and about three different ‘screams’ in three days for Poole lifeboat volunteers

The Poole lifeboats were launched just before midday today (Thursday March 31) by the UK Coastguard at a report from a 28ft yacht with one person on board somewhere in the harbour. Both boats were loaded as the victim on board was uncertain of his position and conditions in the harbor were extremely cold with gusty northeast winds and new gusts.

Lifeboats locate castaway just at entrance to River Frome, beached, volunteer crew checks he is ok, ship is just off channel.

A crew member was transferred across and a tow line attached, the lifeboat gently towed the yacht into deeper water. The yacht was checked for any water ingress in the holds, the propeller and engine were checked and when the skipper was satisfied the lifeboats escorted the vessel to its Hamworthy Park mooring, while As they approached the mooring, another crew member was transferred to help pick up and tie the mooring line.

When all was safe, the lifeboat crew returned to the station, having washed the lifeboats were ready for service at 1:30 p.m.

The Atlantic lifeboat was reassigned later that evening at 6:20 p.m. to two different incidents of people in the water, once on site at both calls the lifeboats were removed thankfully every person was safe and taken care of.

The lifeboat remained on exercise as planned before the mission and returned to station later, but not for long.

The following day Poole Lifeboat was launched by the UK Coastguard at 4.40pm (Friday April 1) on a report from a 30ft yacht with three people on board the yacht had experienced engine failure and was in the vicinity from the training bank, two of them the three people on board felt unwell.

The lifeboat was soon on the scene, two crew members were transferred, they checked that people were okay and assessed the situation, the lifeboat crew determined that to remove the yacht from the main channel and bring the injured to safety, the lifeboat should take the distressed yacht in tow.

Conditions were cool with a force 5 northeast wind.

The lifeboat took the yacht to a mooring off Poole Yacht Club where the lifeboat and casualties were met by the launch of the clubs once secured to a mooring and all safe and the lifeboat returned to the station. After refueling and washing, the lifeboat was ready for use at 7 p.m.

Then the busy time continued when Poole Lifeboat was launched by the UK Coastguard just after 2.30pm (Saturday April 2) to a report of two swimmers off Branksome Dene, in distress and appearing to be asking for help .

The lifeboat quickly pulled away and made good speed, conditions were cool in the harbor with a biting cold breeze.

As the lifeboat was underway, news came over the radio that the ‘swimmers’ were safe and that they were divers who were fine and not in any difficulty.

The lifeboat was disarmed and brought back to the station with thanks. Today’s launch was a false alarm, but the people who originally raised the alarm did so with good intention, it’s always better to be safe than sorry, because the moment the alarm is not triggered is perhaps when lifeboats or emergency services are really needed.

After refueling and washing, the lifeboat was ready for use at 3:15 p.m.

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