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RNLI Torbay lifeboats attend collision between vessels during Brixham Regatta

Lifeboats News Release

Both the RNLI Torbay inshore and all-weather lifeboat attended a collision between two vessels taking part in Brixham Heritage Regatta which resulted in one casualty being taken to hospital by the Devon Air Ambulance.

RNLI/Vicki Bowen

Devon Air Ambulance at Brixham's Breakwater Beach

The inshore lifeboat was tasked by HM Coastguard following a Mayday message received at around 4.15pm on Sunday 28 May during the Heritage Regatta event which forms part of the bank holiday weekend Brixfest celebrations. Two vessels taking part - Ivory Gull and Moya - had collided, resulting in a serious injury to one casualty aboard the Ivory Gull. The incident took place 1.5 miles out in Torbay, and HM Coastguard teams were also in attendance, along with Devon Ambulance Service.

Due to the serious nature of this incident, the RNLI Torbay all-weather lifeboat self-launched to ensure all assistance required was on scene for the casualties (3 persons aboard the Ivory Gull, 2 persons aboard Moya). Two volunteer lifeboat crew members (one from each lifeboat) went aboard the Ivory Gull to assist as the inshore lifeboat accompanied her into Brixham’s lifeboat pontoon. The casualty - who had sustained a serious leg injury - was then transferred to the waiting air ambulance which had landed on Breakwater Beach, and flown to hospital.

In the meantime, the all-weather lifeboat went to assist the second casualty vessel Moya still in the bay following this incident. That vessel was also escorted into Brixham with a lifeboat crew member aboard, and moored alongside the lifeboat pontoon. The casualties were treated for shock when on shore by staff from land ambulances in attendance.

The incident took place during the busy Brixfest celebrations in the port, which see various events taking place over the Whitsun Bank Holiday weekend.

Notes to editors

Photographs show:

Devon Air Ambulance on scene (RNLI/Victoria Bowen)

Land Ambulances on scene (RNLI/Victoria Bowen)

One of the two casualty vessels Moya (RNLI/Richard Fowler)

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Land Ambulance on scene near RNLI Torbay boathouse

RNLI/Richard Fowler

One of the casualty vessels alongside the lifeboat pontoon

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