Looe RNLI lifeboat crew’s afternoon sailing plans interrupted by a multi agency
Looe RNLI’s inshore lifeboats were launched within six minutes on Saturday afternoon, 22 April 2017, to reports of a person stuck on cliffs to the East of Downderry
In a multi-agency rescue the casualty was winched down to the beach below. As the HM Coastguard helicopter was unable to land on this beach, the casualty was transferred by inshore lifeboat to Seaton beach where the helicopter landed to take the casualty to hospital.
Many of Looe RNLI’s volunteer crew were getting ready on Looe seafront for Saturday afternoon’s sailing when their plans were interrupted by pagers sounding at 1.46 pm, following reports of a person stuck on cliffs to the East of Downderry. With a quick dash to the lifeboat station next door, both of the charity’s inshore lifeboats launched within six minutes and headed across Looe bay. Looe, Tamar and Plymouth Mountbatten Coastguard teams also responded along with the HM Coastguard helicopter based in Newquay.
Standing by offshore the lifeboats spotted the casualty 40’ up the cliff. In a difficult winching operation due to overhanging rocks and an area of loose soil due to a recent land slip the casualty was lowered to the beach below. As the helicopter was unable to land on this beach a decision was made to transfer the casualty by the Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat to Seaton beach where the coastguard teams prepared a safe landing area. The casualty was transferred to the helicopter and flown to hospital.
The Atlantic 85 and D Class inshore lifeboats returned to Looe Lifeboat Station where they were washed down and refuelled ready to go back on service at 3.30 pm.
Looe Lifeboat station recommend when you are on the coast to always carry a mobile phone, check the tide times and tell someone where you are going and what time you expect to return. If you get cut off by the tide do not take any risks by attempting to climb the cliffs.
Atlantic 85 crew: David Jackman (helm), Brian Bowdler, Ben Crabb and Dale Staff
D Class crew: Matthew Jaycock, Richard Porter and Robert Deakin
Notes to editors
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Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II leaving Looe river and heading towards Downderry credit RNLI / Ian Foster
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Looe RNLI D Class Ollie Naismith leaving Looe river and heading towards Downderry
credit RNLI / Ian Foster
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