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Barry PerrinsVolunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
A sudden 55knot wind and torrential downpour caught many by surprise on both land and sea.
Lifeboats News Release
Both of the Plymouth lifeboats were called to two separate incidents early this afternoon (Sunday 20 October). The incidents occurred at midday after a sudden 55knot wind and torrential downpour caught many by surprise on both land and sea.
In the first callout the Plymouth inshore lifeboat the Millennium Forester responded to reports of two people in the water during a yacht race at Torpoint. However, the situation was resolved before arriving on scene. The inshore lifeboat was then diverted to join its big brother the all-weather lifeboat Sybil Mullen Glover. This second ‘shout’ was a response to a potentially serious situation in the Fort Bovisand area at the eastern side of Plymouth sound.
An 8 meter open sailing boat with five people on board had found themselves over powered by the high winds and turbulent conditions and had been blown on to the rocks. Upon arrival the all-weather lifeboat launched its small auxiliary boat known as a ‘y’boat. This was to enable two lifeboat crew members to get in close to the casualty boat and report on the situation. Communications via marine band radio were then established with the distressed sailors who had now managed to scramble up on to the rocks and relative safety.
With rough conditions along the shoreline and with waves breaking up on the rocks, it was considered safer to not to transfer the uninjured casualties to the lifeboat but to allow them to access a path up to waiting coast guard personnel and safety.
After ensuring that all the sailing boat crew were out of danger and the situation was secure, both of Plymouth’s lifeboats returned to station at Millbay marina.
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