Sunday lunchtime call for Looe RNLI lifeboat crews to assist a speedboat
Looe RNLI volunteers launched their D Class inshore lifeboat yesterday afternoon, Sunday 18 June 2017, following reports of a 20 foot speedboat with engine failure by Looe Island
The crew quickly located the speedboat, established a line and towed the speedboat with four people on board back to the Millpool slipway.
Pagers interupted Looe RNLI’s volunteers Sunday lunchtime when they sounded at 12.55 pm yesterday, Sunday 18 June 2017. HM Coastguard Falmouth had received a call from a 20 foot speedboat suffering engine failure off Looe Island. The charity’s D Class inshore lifeboat Ollie Naismith, launched and made her way towards Looe island. Quickly locating the speedboat, the crew established a line and towed the speedboat back up river to the Millpool Slipway.
The D Class inshore lifeboat returned to Looe Lifeboat Station where she was washed down and refuelled ready to go back on service at 13.40 pm.
This was the second shout for Looe RNLI volunteers this weekend where broken down boats out in Looe bay needed the RNLI’s assistance. With this current spell of sunny weather many people are taking their boats and pleasure craft out onto the water. Looe RNLI want you to enjoy and make the most of these sunny days, but to keep yourselves safe at the same time by taking some common sense precautions. Inspect your boat to check it is sea worthy, ensure you have enough fuel for your planned journey, have suitable navigation aids, a VHF Radio to summon help if needed and always wear lifejackets.
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Looe RNLI D Class Ollie Naismith launch
credit Darren Blight
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Looe RNLI D Class Ollie Naismith towing the speedboat in Looe river
· credit Darren Blight
· For further information on Looe RNLI Lifeboats please visit our website www.looelifeboats.co.uk
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