Tasked by UK Coastguard at 8pm on 30 March, the lifeboat made its way through Poole Harbour and was soon on scene. Conditions in the bay were calm and everyone onboard the stricken vessel was okay. A towline was attached and the lifeboat volunteers brought the casualties back to the Port of Poole Marina.
Volunteer helm, Jonathan Clark said: “The Coastguard launched the lifeboat after all other avenues of getting help for the stricken vessel were exhausted, the temperature was dropping.
“With the bank holiday ahead, we would urge anybody heading out on the water or down to the beaches to take care and plan your trip as we want people to enjoy themselves, but to be safe. Sea conditions can change quite suddenly, and we ask people to know their limits. If you can – buddy up – don’t go alone and don’t take risks. If you fall into the water unexpectedly or begin to struggle, remember to Float to Live, float on your back, keep your airway clear and get your breathing under control, this will give you some time, to call for help.
“Always let people know your plans, where you are heading and what time you are expected back. Check your fuel, check the tides, check the weather and keep an eye on the changing weather, like freshening winds. Please wear appropriate clothing and whatever your activity, wearing a well-fitted, well-maintained and suitable lifejacket or buoyancy aid could save your life.
“Please carry a means of calling for help and if you do see someone in trouble in the water, call 999 or 112 immediately and ask for the Coastguard.”
The lifeguards will be back on the beach and Poole Lifeboat will be on call 24/7.
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