Rescue Watch- August 2018
This edition of Rescue Watch comes from our Lifeboat Press Officer- Vicky Prouse
With the Summer now in full swing, the volunteer crew continue to train and upskill. Kim and Mark Kilby, Rupert Bedford, Marc Baker and myself have now been signed off on Shore Crew; Marc will now begin his Boat Crew training. Adam Parnell and Chris Turner have recently joined us and have already started the competency based training.
July saw our first shout of the year; a midnight call out to look for a yacht that had not returned. The craft was located safe and well which is always the desired outcome.
The Clovelly RNLI had a stand at the Woolsery Show in July. This was the perfect opportunity to promote the Respect the Water ‘Float’ message. Sam Gist and myself spoke to the public and handed out advice leaflets. It was reassuring that many of the children we spoke to were aware of the advice, but surprising that many adults did not know about the Float message and were grateful to find out more.
During July we were lucky enough to have an exercise with 814 Naval Air Squadron and their Merlin MK2. This was Search and Rescue training, working on the essential skills of winching to restricted areas at speed. A unique and rare opportunity for our volunteer crew.
Lifeboat weekend took place on 4 and 5 August. The annual sea swim from Bucks Mills to Clovelly Harbour saw near perfect conditions with 35 swimmers taking part. Times were fast, with the first 2 miler completing the swim in just over 45 minutes. This was a lovely event, supported by local fishermen and leisure craft, as well as RNLI lifeguards from Bude and our inshore lifeboat.
Sunday saw our Lifeboat Day take place. The day started with an impressive Gun Run up and then down the Clovelly Cobbles by the 326 (Hartland) Squadron Air Training Corps, made even more challenging with such hot and sunny conditions.
Following this, Clovelly Pilot Gig club had a naming ceremony for their new gig boat. This was officially named by T.V. presenter Amanda Lamb. ‘Headon Home’ was named after Coxswain Richard Headon who who won a Silver medal in 1882 in recognition of his gallant services in saving 34 lives in the previous 12 years.
We had some amazing cakes entered into our Great RNLI Bake-Off, with a closely contested competition. Judges were Hon. John Rous and Sarah Jane Lander from No 39 the Pottery, who also donated the prize. The Nautical But Nice winner was Keeley Condron, with Charlotte Carling’s Octopus Cake a very close second.
We were lucky to see the temporary return of the William Cantrell Ashley, the lifeboat that served Clovelly from 1949-1968. Skipper Ed Saunders took some lucky spectators out to watch the Clovelly RNLI volunteer crew and the St Athan based Agusta Westland Coastguard Helicopter complete a stunning display which concluded the day in magnificent style.
Coming into the Autumn, we continue with our weekly exercises and training. Next big event will be our Christmas Lights in conjunction with Clovelly Village.
RNLI media contacts
For more information please telephone Vicky Clarke, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 0781 257 2025 or Vicky_Clarke@rnli.org.uk or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.