Poole RNLI volunteers race to a report of a vessel on fire and a mystery dinghy
BOTH Poole Lifeboats were launched yesterday (Monday) evening.
At 7.20pm there was a report of a vessel on fire in Poole Harbour off Brownsea Castle. Two people on board a 31 feet Motor Sailor, fearing that their engine was on fire, had radioed for help. They had climbed into a tender and waited for assistance.
Poole Inshore lifeboat was quickly on scene and having checked that the casualties were both alright they took them off their tender as the all-weather lifeboat arrived. The crew then transferred the casualties onto the big lifeboat and a volunteer crewman was put onto the smouldering vessel to inspect it.
The vessel was anchored and although there was a strong smell of smoke and the engine compartment felt very hot there was no visible signs of flames. The volunteer crewman was subseqently removed from the vessel.
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The all-weather lifeboat brought the vessel safely under tow back to Poole Quay where the fire service was standing by. Firemen boarded the vessel to check it out.
Volunteer lifeboat crew man Dave Riley said: "They did absolutely the right thing; they had their life jackets on, and had got off their vessel into the tender with a handheld VHF to call for help."
Then just before 11pm as the crews were heading home, the pager went again.
The Poole inshore lifeboat was launched following a report that a dinghy that had been seen drifting off Hamworthy Park. As nothing untoward was found, the crew brought it back to the lifeboat station for safe keeping, just before midnight.