Thermal imaging equipment helps Looe RNLI volunteers locate a man in the water

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteer crews from Looe RNLI were woken by the sound of their pagers early yesterday morning, Saturday 16 December 2017, launching the charity’s inshore lifeboats following reports of a person in the water off Seaton beach.

Stock image of Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II launching at night

RNLI/Ian Foster

Stock image of Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II launching at night
Using recently donated thermal imaging equipment the man was located cold and wet by the river mouth and returned to the beach. After medical assessment he was handed over into the care of Coastguard teams.

At 3.24am yesterday morning HM Coastguard requested the launch of both Looe RNLI’s inshore lifeboats after receiving reports of a man in the water off Seaton beach. In chilly conditions, light north westerly winds and clear skies volunteer crews made their way to the boathouse to launch the Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Sheila and Dennis Tongue II, quickly followed by the charity’s D Class lifeboat Ollie Naismith.

Using the recently donated thermal imaging camera the volunteer crews located the man close to the river mouth on Seaton beach. He was returned to the beach very cold and wet. After an initial medical assessment by the station doctor, who was one of the crew on the D Class lifeboat, the man was handed over into the care of the Looe and Tamar Coastguard teams.

The Atlantic 85 and D Class inshore lifeboats returned to Looe Lifeboat Station at 4.40am where they were washed down and refuelled ready to go back on service at 5am.

The lifeboat helms commented on how well the thermal imaging camera works and David Haines Looe RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager was delighted that this recent donation from Looe Boat Owners Association has already been used to great effect.

Atlantic 85 crew: Clive Palfrey (helm), David Jackman, Matthew Jaycock and Jay Curtis

D Class crew: Toby Bray (helm), Brian Bowdler and Dale Staff


Stock image of Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II launching at night
Photo credits RNLI/Ian Foster

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