Poole’s lifeboat station passed the 6,000 call mark as volunteers helped rescue two people from a Dorset harbour.
Poole’s two lifeboats were launched by the UK Coastguard at 11.40pm on Friday February 4 to report that two people were in difficulty in the water at Bournemouth Pier.
Poole Coastguard Rescue Team and Southbourne Coastguard were also tasked to go ashore. The crew of the volunteer lifeboat rushed forward and quickly sailed away into the harbour.
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There was a light breeze from the very cold east wind, the sky was clear, a cool night. Then, during the journey, information came in by radio that the two people were safe and in the custody of the ambulance service.
Both lifeboats were asked to retire with thanks and returned to station, both lifeboats were prepared for duty at 1am.
A spokesman for RNLI Poole Lifeboat Station said: ‘For the station this was a significant call as it brought the total to 6,000 calls for Poole Lifeboat Station since it was established in 1865 .
“A huge number and a milestone, a moment to reflect and make it tangible. Think of it in terms of the sacrifices made by volunteers and their families, employers over the 157 years, people helped and lives saved, and unfortunately those who haven’t “I can’t do it, all the lives we’ve touched and their families, their loved ones. Thank you. Thank you for the continued support.”
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