Teignmouth RNLI Lifeboat Crew assist fishing boat and retrieve dog
Teignmouth RNLI lifeboat crew responded to two calls for assistance on Wednesday, 22 August 2018.
The first launch was at 9.35am when the volunteer crew were tasked to assist an open fishing boat that had broken down about 6.5 miles to the south east of Teignmouth with two casualties aboard. Upon arrival the crew took the vessel on tow and returned it to its mooring in Teignmouth harbour.
The next request to launch was received at 6.52pm to retrieve a dog in the water. The dog was several hundred metres off Sprey Point in Teignmouth and there was concern that the owners may have entered the water though this was not the case. Two kayakers in the area had tried to get the dog on board but were unable to but they kept an eye on the dog until the lifeboat crew arrived. The crew took the dog on board and reunited it with the owners on the beach of Sprey Point.
The crew and lifeboat returned safely to station.
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.