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Lisa TameVolunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
at Bude lifebaot station .
It was a job that needed initiative and team work
Lifeboats News Release
The volunteer crew of the Bude inshore lifeboat tackled a runaway boat today (Sunday 7 October) managing to bring it under control.
Paged at 7.54am, crew using the Bude D class inshore lifeboat and the charity's rescue water craft launched to a report of two people in the water in Bude Bay. On arriving at the scene the lifeboat crew found the skipper of a local fishing vessel and a second man had been assisted ashore by a person who was long boarding at the time. The skipper then told the RNLI lifeboat crew that his vessel, a 25ft twin hull boat, had been hit by a rogue wave whilst exiting the harbour, resulting in both men being thrown into the water. The lifeboat crew transferred the skipper from the shore to another fishing boat and then turned their attentions to the fishing vessel, which was circling under full power and in danger of running aground causing severe damage. The volunteer crew managed to slow the vessel using rope techniques and eventually boarded the boat to bring it under control before it was returned to the owner at its nearby mooring. Bude RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, Chris Cloke said:
‘The call out was an unusual job for the crew of Bude lifeboat, having to first slow the boat down using ropes and then boarding it. It was a job that needed initiative and team work, thanks to the rigorous training that the crew under take the situation had a successful outcome.’Helming the lifeboat was Liam Sharpe and the crew were Brown Cardoo and Mike Tame. Jez Brown and Mark Palmer worked with the lifeboat to bring the situation under control using the Rescue Water Craft. Notes to editorsPhoto of crew member Mike Tame boarding the endangered vessel. A video recording of the rescue is available from the RNLI. RNLI media contacts
For more information about Bude lifeboat or the RNLI please contact Lisa Tame, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer at Bude RNLI 07773 088706 or email@example.com or Tamsin Thomas, RNLI Public Relations Manager on 01752 850663 or Tamsin_Thomas@rnli.org.uk
The RNLI Duty Press Officer out-of-hours is available on 01202 336789.
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