Looe RNLI lifeboat crews brave choppy seas to rescue a female stranded on rocks
Volunteer crews from Looe RNLI launched both inshore lifeboats in strong south easterly winds and choppy seas yesterday afternoon, Friday 26 May 2017, following reports of a female stranded on rocks by the outer harbour at Polperro
The female and a gentleman who went to her assistance were taken on board the Atlantic 85 and returned to the outer harbour steps at Polperro.
At 4.18 pm yesterday afternoon HM Coastguard Falmouth paged Looe RNLI volunteer crews following reports of a female cut off by the tide on rocks by the outer harbour at Polperro. Within 8 minutes both of the inshore lifeboats launched into strong south easterly winds and choppy seas. First to arrive was the charity’s Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II, the crew quickly located the female who was now accompanied by a gentleman who had climbed over the rocks to assist her. Arriving shortly afterwards the D Class inshore lifeboat Ollie Naismith stood by as the two stranded people were taken aboard the Atlantic 85 and returned safely to the outer harbour steps. Looe and Polruan Coastguard teams were also paged but stood down on route as the people were safe ashore.
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 5.10 pm.
Both of Looe RNLI helms recommend that if you are on a beach or rocks keep aware of your surroundings and always check the tide times. If you are on the coast and spot something out of the ordinary contact the Coastguard on 999.
Atlantic 85 crew: Clive Palfrey (helm), Brian Bowdler, Matthew Jaycock and Victoria Thomas
D Class crew: Dan Margetts (helm), Aaron Rix and Robert Deakin
Notes to editors
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Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II leaving Looe and heading towards Polperro
credit RNLI / Ian Foster
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Looe RNLI D Class Ollie Naismith leaving Looe and heading towards Polperro
credit RNLI / Ian Foster
· For further information on Looe RNLI Lifeboats please visit our website www.looelifeboats.co.uk
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