Poole and Swanage lifeboats assist two people after jetski takes on water

Lifeboats News Release

Poole Lifeboat was launched at 2.30pm (Saturday June 1) to respond to a Pan Pan, the call was made as a jet skier had got into difficulty, initial reports were that the jet ski had broken down with two people in the water.

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The two people taken onboard a passing vessel
The location of the jetski was east of Old Harry, with conditions in the bay described as calm.

As Poole Lifeboat made its way through Poole Harbour, Swanage ILB had also been tasked as they were in the vicinity on another job, when they arrived on scene they found that a passing boat had recovered the people from the water and the jetski was partially submerged.

The two jestskiers were cold as they had been in the water for a period of time, the Swanage crew checked them over and when the Poole Lifeboat arrived on scene the casualties were transferred across. A towline was attached to take the jetski undertow, Swanage ILB returned back to Swanage Bay.

The decision was made to take the stricken jetski and the jetskiers ashore at Sandbanks beach, where the RNLI beach Lifeguards and the search and rescue Coastguard team were hand to assist.

Poole Lifeboat volunteers then returned back to station, after refuelling they were ready for service by 5pm.

A Pan Pan is radio call it derives from the French word, a panne ([pan], "pahn") which is a breakdown, such as a mechanical failure. You can initiate a Pan Pan call by using a DSC alert on your VHF radio.

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Jetski under tow

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Safely on the beach

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