Simultaneous services for Ilfracombe RNLI lifeboat volunteers

Lifeboats News Release

On Tuesday (30 August) volunteers from Ilfracombe RNLI were on return passage with a relief Mersey class lifeboat from Bude when they were called to rescue six people cut off by the tide North of Hartland Quay.

Two members of Bude RNLI lifeboat crew were aboard and volunteered to get into dry suits and swim to
assist the casualties. Ilfracombe RNLI Coxswain Andrew Bengey beached the Mersey class lifeboat and all casualties were recovered over the bow.

The lifeboat was then placed into the slipway at Hartland and the casualties were handed over to
the coastguard.

Coxswain Andrew Bengey said: 'It was an interesting situation to put the Mersey lifeboat into, but the
RNLI training proved that both inshore lifeboat crews and all weather lifeboat crews have transferable

Meanwhile back in Ilfracombe the all-weather lifeboat The Barry and Peggy High was paged to assist a 28' fishing vessel with engine failure. The vessel was soon located two miles west of Horseshoe Bouy.

A tow was line was placed aboard and the casualty vessel towed to Watermouth Harbour. The all-weather lifeboat was then recovered and readied for service.

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