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Looe RNLI volunteers assist in a multi agency search along West Looe quayside

Lifeboats News Release

In the early hours of Sunday morning, 1 October 2017, Looe RNLI volunteers launched the charity’s D Class inshore lifeboat to assist a multi agency search for persons reported in the water off West Looe Quay. Nothing was found after an extensive search and the lifeboat was stood down

Stock image Looe RNLI D Class Ollie Naismith

RNLI/Ian Foster

Stock image Looe RNLI D Class Ollie Naismith

Pagers alerted Looe RNLI volunteers at 3.24 am following reports of persons in the water off West Looe quay. They launched the D Class inshore lifeboat Ollie Naismith to assist Police, Newquay Coastguard rescue helicopter and Coastguard teams from Looe, Tamar and Polruan. Other crew members who responded to the call checked along the harbour quays. For two hours the lifeboat crew and shore teams conducted an extensive search of the river, quaysides, estuary and moored boats, finding nothing, the lifeboat was stood down and returned to station at 5.40 am.

Following a daylight search of the river by specialist divers and review of CCTV footage, the following multi agency statement about the incident has been released by the Looe Music Festival management team with the Police, Looe Harbour Commissioners, HM Coastguard and RNLI.

‘An extensive multi-agency search of West Looe quayside was carried out last night following reports of a person falling in the water after a disturbance on the quay. Search and rescue teams have been called-off and police enquiries have now been concluded.

Following a multi-agency search of the river and coastline, all agencies involved are satisfied that no one has come to harm in the water and there are no outstanding missing persons. The 999 call was made with good intent. Enquiries have revealed a minor disturbance involving two men who have been traced and are both fit and well.

Witnesses have also confirmed that two youths were seen in the water on East Looe but both left the river safely.

These two unrelated incidents initiated a full response from emergency services, Looe Harbour Commissioners and the management team of Looe Music Festival.

Looe Harbour’s extensive CCTV coverage confirmed that no one had fallen in the water as a result of the disturbance.

The matter was addressed quickly as a result of communication and cooperation between all involved, leading to a swift and positive outcome.’


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· No photographs of this incident are available

· Stock image Looe RNLI D Class Ollie Naismith Photo credit RNLI/Ian Foster

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