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Sandbanks: Four rescued from sinking speedboat

Lifeboat crews recovered the vessel Credit: Poole Lifeboat

Four people have escaped unharmed after their speedboat sank off the coast of Sandbanks in Dorset.

Poole Lifeboat was called out at 3.10pm on Saturday following reports the 20ft vessel was sinking.

The occupants managed to swim to safety before Lifeboat crews dragged the stricken vessel up the beach and re-floated it.

The stricken speedboat was a hazard to shipping and had to be pulled free Credit: Poole Lifeboat

Capsized kayaker airlifted to hospital with hypothermia

The kayaker is winched to safety Credit: Cowes RNLI

A kayaker has been airlifted to safety suffering from hypothermia and severe sea sickness after his kayak capsized.

Cowes RNLI lifeboat race to his aid after he ran into difficulties in choppy waters off the entrance to the Beaulieu River.

Before the lifeboat arrived on the scene the man had been pulled from the water by the crew of a passing yacht.

But his condition was so severe the man was airlifted into the Coastguard helicopter and flown to Southampton General Hospital.


Man rescued after jumping from Brighton Pier

Brighton Lifeboat was launched this morning after a man jumped from Brighton Pier.

‚ÄčThe RNLI lifeboat Peterborough Beer Festival 3 was called morning at 4.07am.

The man was brought onto Brighton lifeboat where he was taken back to Brighton Marina for medical assistance from South East Coast Ambulance.

He was taken to hospital suffering with hypothermia.

Body discovery sparks search for yacht

Cowes RNLI lifeboat was launched this morning to search for a yacht following the discovery of a body of a man close to the East Cowes shore of the River Medina, a few metres from the floating bridge.

The lifeboat crew heard that the yacht from which the man was thought to have come was discovered in Cowes Yacht Haven. No- one else from the yacht was missing.


Lifeboat crew pay their respects

His was an act of bravery and sacrifice that has never been forgotten.

Every year the crew of the Swanage Lifeboat pay their respects to coxswain William Brown who died during a rescue back in 1895 - the only Swanage crew member ever to be lost at sea.

This year they were joined by William's last surviving grandchild, Marion Mason from Weymouth. And she had a special donation to give to the present day crew. Martin Dowse has the story.

Cowes lifeboat rescues RIB

A man became stranded in the Solent when he took a RIB from Hamble to Cowes last night.

The craft ran into trouble when it broke down at the mouth of Southampton Water.

Solent Coastguards were alerted to the emergency, where a Cowes RNLI lifeboat was launched at 9.20pm.

The lifeboat discovered the RIB with the only man on board who had lost propulsion through gear box failure.

The craft was then towed to Cowes.

Rescue interrupts funeral

Fishing vessel Royal Sovereign needed immediate assistance Credit: RNLI

The funeral of a dedicated fundraiser for Eastbourne lifeboats was interrupted this morning when the crew had to rush to an incident off Sovereign Harbour.

St Richard's Church in Langney was full of people paying tributes to Daphne Lake when the lifeboat crew's pagers interrupted the service.

The on-duty crew rushed to help a vessel in Sovereign Harbour when a man onboard suffered a severe allergic reaction.

The casualty was stabilised by paramedics and transferred to the lifeboat where he was taken to Eastbourne District General Hospital.

Later, friends of Daphne said she would have been delighted with the drama at the church, which would have made her day.