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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

Biker seriously injured in collision with car

Detectives in Dorset are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a car and a motorbike collided in Poole on Friday night.

The biker, an 18-year-old local man, was taken to Poole Hospital with potentially life threatening injuries. His Suzuki motorcycle and a Mitsubishi Colt being driven by a 67-year-old local woman collided at the junction of Wallisdown Road and Canford Road at about 10.15pm on Friday 5th August. The road was closed for some time to allow for forensic investigations by the police.

The motorcyclist's injuries have stabilised, but he has been left with injuries the police describe as potentially life-changing.

"I am appealing to anyone who saw the collision or the manner of driving of either vehicle prior to the incident to contact Dorset Police.

"I believe there may have been a large group of people near to the Subway restaurant on Wallisdown Road before and at the time of the collision and I would like to speak to any of these people who haven’t already been spoken to by officers."

– PC Sean Todd, Dorset Police traffic unit

Anyone with information can contact Dorset Police via an email to or by telephoning 101 and quoting incident number 4:561.

Alternatively any witnesses can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or via theCrimestoppers website.

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