Volunteer Helm Dave Riley said: “After an exceptionally busy few days, our crews have really been put to the test.”
The pagers rang out on Tuesday 21 June just after 9.30pm to a report of a broken-down ski boat at Lake Pier. On arrival, the volunteer crew found the casualty had been assisted by a passing vessel and the lifeboat was stood down.
The following morning at 4.30am on 22 June, the lifeboat was tasked by UK Coastguard to a report of person in the water off Fisherman’s Walk. As the lifeboat volunteers swiftly made their way through the harbour in the darkness, news came through that the person was safely ashore and in the care of the ambulance. The lifeboat returned to its station and was ready for service as the new day broke.
Shortly after 9.30am it was launched again to a report of a broken-down fishing dinghy in the harbour at South Deep. On arrival the volunteer crew conducted a welfare check before helping restart the engine. When all was well, they returned to the station.
The lifeboat was launched at 5.40pm to a person requiring a medical evacuation. Conditions were calm. There were two people aboard the 10m yacht anchored at Goat Horn. The casualty had fallen, cutting his leg. He became ill suffering two seizures. The lifeboat arrived on scene to find the casualty sitting on deck. Two volunteers were put on-board to administer care. After dressing the leg, the casualty was transferred onto the lifeboat and taken to a waiting ambulance at Poole Lifeboat Station. One RNLI volunteer stayed behind to assist the remaining person to bring the yacht back to Poole Quay Boat Haven.
As the lifeboat was finishing up, a new tasking came through over the radio. UK Coastguard requested the lifeboat to assist a fishing vessel with three people on-board, the boat had suffered engine failure and one person had serious burns, which required attention.
The lifeboat was soon on scene by Aunt Betty buoy, two volunteer crewmembers were transferred across to administer first aid. With the vessel drifting in the main channel a tow was established to take it back to the lifeboat station. Care continued at the lifeboat station until transport was arranged to take the casualty to Poole Hospital.
Volunteer Helm Dave Riley said: “The hours of training and support by the crew and station backup team proved their worth tonight.
“When we are up against it, our casualty care skills are paramount and the team worked seamlessly together, to give the best possible care. All of us from the station wish both of tonight’s casualty’s a speedy recovery.’
Poole lifeboats’ launch tally has reached 63 this year, which is a substantially higher number compared with this time last year.
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