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Police request people to stay at home after mayday call during lockdown

Despite people being asked to stay at home to save lives during the coronavirus pandemic, Poole lifeboat was tasked just after 5pm on 8 May to a report that a kayaker was in distress.

Following a mayday call, Poole Lifeboat crew appeal to people to respect the request to 'Stay Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives’ saying they cannot socially distance on the lifeboats
Following a mayday call, Poole Lifeboat crew appeal to people to respect the request to 'Stay Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives’ saying they cannot socially distance on the lifeboats

Following multiple 999 calls to the coastguard that a kayaker was in difficulty, a ‘Mayday’ was broadcasted. The kayaker was upside down and drifting with the ebb tide out through the entrance of the harbour.

When the lifeboat crew arrived on scene, they discovered that a paddleboarder had assisted a kayaker and had helped him to ‘right himself’. They had made it safely ashore. The lifeboat crew affirmed that the kayaker ashore was the kayaker that had been reported in difficulty.

Conditions in Poole Bay were flat calm and glorious, a beautiful day, but the message is to ‘stay home and stay safe’.

Police asked for a message to be relayed to kayakers that were out on Hook Sands, the a sand bar outside the entrance to Poole Harbour, to ‘go home and stay home’.

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Poole lifeboat volunteer, DLA (deputy launch authority) Paul Glatzel said, “No kayaker, paddleboarder or boater goes afloat with the expectation or intention to get into trouble, but things do go wrong unexpectedly sometimes.

“Poole Lifeboat Station will always respond to requests for assistance, but we would ask people to bear in mind that when we do launch that our volunteer crews cannot socially distance on the lifeboats which increases the risk to them and to their families. This is the same for the volunteer coastguard teams and the police and ambulance crews that may attend.

“We ask that people respect the request to ‘Stay Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives’.”

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