UK Coastguard had received reports of a jet skier who had suffered a serious injury and required medical attention outside the harbour entrance.
With the volunteers already kitted up, they were swiftly underway. The Poole Harbour Commissioners’ jet ski met the lifeboat at the harbour entrance and directed the crew to the injured person halfway down the main channel.
The jet skier had been recovered from the water by another vessel but required medical attention and evacuation.
Two lifeboat crew boarded the vessel to administer casualty care and the Atlantic crew requested the D class to divert from their training session to assist.
An ambulance was requested as further medical care was needed.
With both lifeboats on scene, the casualty was carefully transferred onto the lifeboat. Due to the nature of the injuries, a slow, steady speed was made up to the boathouse where an ambulance would attend.
Poole Harbour Commissioners’ jet ski went ahead of the lifeboat to ease the passage by ensuring minimum wash off other vessels.
The casualty was handed to South West Ambulance service and a critical care practitioner from Dorset Air Ambulance who had arrived by land.
Poole volunteer helm Dave Riley said: “This call demonstrated great teamwork from the volunteers at Poole dealing with the injured person. We are thankful to the passing vessel who pulled the jet skier out the water and thanks to all the vessels that kept to a minimum wash, whilst the crew transferred the casualty, all of us at the station wish the casualty well.”
During the handover the D class was tasked to the station’s 100th launch this year: a person on a paddle board or possibly a windsurfer was reported to be in difficulty at the south side of Round Island.
Conditions were calm, the wind Force 2 north westerly. The volunteers conducted a search and spoke with people in the vicinity, but nothing untoward was found, so the lifeboat was stood down and returned to its station. Both lifeboats were made ready for service by 1pm.
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