Teignmouth RNLI lifeboat launches twice in 12 hours

Lifeboats News Release

Teignmouth’s RNLI volunteer crew responded to two launch requests in 12 hours.

The first request was in the evening on Tuesday (19 July) when the crew launched at 9.23pm to assist two people and their dog on a beach near Labrador Bay. The casualties had got to the beach using an inflatable but then experienced difficulties and could not return. They tried to climb up the cliffs but realised this would not be possible and called for help. The crew arrived on scene at 9.27pm and took the casualties and dog to Polly Steps in Teignmouth.

The second launch request was at 7.27am on Wednesday (20 July). The crew were tasked to help search in response to a report of an overturned boat in the Hopes Nose area in Torquay. Torbay’s two lifeboats and a rescue helicopter also took part in the search which covered an area of 7 miles by 13 miles.

At 9.22am the owner of the vessel presented himself at a police station and informed them that no-one was on board and the search was stood down.

The Teignmouth lifeboat returned to station and was ready for service at 9.40am.


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