TWO paddle boarders who were struggling against a strong tide were rescued by lifeboat crews from Poole.

Poole lifeboat was requested to launch by UK Coastguard just before 10am on Friday, April 2 to the paddle boarders who were on a large paddle board off Lake Pier.

Bournemouth Echo: Poole lifeboat with the paddleboard. Photo: RNLI/PoolePoole lifeboat with the paddleboard. Photo: RNLI/Poole

The pair were drifting in the shallows towards Rockley.

The lifeboat crew arrived on scene and checked that the casualties were well and discovered that both were very cold and tired.

The crew transferred them onto the lifeboat and took them back safely ashore at Lake Pier.

After refuelling and a thorough wash down, the lifeboat returned to the station ready for service by 11am.

Volunteer Helm, Alex Evans said: "The paddle boarders had gone out prepared, wearing appropriate clothing, with means of calling for help, which they did.

"The conditions were quite tricky with the strong tide, so they did the right thing in asking for help."

Later that afternoon, the D class inshore lifeboat was tasked just before 4pm to a yacht that was aground in the Wareham Channel close to Giggers Island.

Bournemouth Echo: Poole volunteers assisting the grounded yacht. Photo: RNLI/PoolePoole volunteers assisting the grounded yacht. Photo: RNLI/Poole

Despite the bright sunshine, there was a short chop in the harbour and a fresh north north east wind, force two to three.

Once the D class arrived on the scene, crews carried out a welfare check.

There were two people onboard and crews discussed options with the occupants.

The skipper of the yacht was happy to set an anchor and wait for high water which was due around midnight.

The lifeboat returned to station, and after refuelling and a wash down, crews were ready for service by 5.30pm.