Another busy week for Ilfracombe RNLI lifeboat station

Lifeboats News Release

As well as rescuing a mother and daughter cut off by the tide (see notes to editors), both Ilfracombe RNLI lifeboats were tasked to a further four incidents last week


Ilfracombe ALB towing in the yacht

On Thursday 2 August, just after both Ilfracombe RNLI lifeboats had launched on exercise, they were both diverted to separate incidents.

The all weather lifeboat (ALB) The Barry and Peggy High Foundation was tasked to assist a 6.5 metre sailing vessel with one person on board which had suffered complete electrical failure 7 miles north west of Ilfracombe. The lifeboat immediately made its way to the scene and towed the vessel back to Ilfracombe harbour.

Meanwhile, the inshore lifeboat (ILB) Deborah Brown II was tasked to reports of an injured child at Barricane beach, near Woolacombe. The lifeboat immediately made its way to the scene, but was stood down before it arrived as the child was safely on his way to hospital.

Both boats were then recovered and made ready for service – only for the ILB to be paged again just after 2am. The volunteer crew were tasked to assist the police with an incident near Combe Martin. Fortunately the situation was resolved quickly and the lifeboat returned to station at just after 2:30am.

The ILB was then tasked again on Friday 3 August at 11am to reports from Ilfracombe harbour master than an unmanned yacht was dragging its anchor in the outer harbour. The lifeboat crew cleared the anchor rope from the keel of the yacht and reset its anchor.

Leigh Hanks, RNLI mechanic at Ilfracombe, said:

‘This was another very busy week for us here at the station and we were again called to a variety of incidents. We ask that anyone planning on visiting the coast remembers to respect the water. Always check the tide times and weather conditions before setting off, whatever you plan on doing, and always carry a means of calling for help.’

Notes to Editors:

· Link for press release ‘Ilfracombe RNLI lifeboat rescues mother and daughter cut off by the tide’:

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