Busy night for Ilfracombe RNLI lifeboats
Both the all-weather lifeboat (ALB) and inshore lifeboat (ILB) were launched on Friday evening (24 August) to two separate incidents.
The ALB Stormrider, on relief at Ilfracombe, was launched at 10:15pm on Friday evening to a 41ft motor cruiser which had become overwhelmed by the five metre seas and very strong wind in the area of Foreland Point near Lynmouth.
The three people on board were exhausted and suffering the effects of sea sickness so volunteer crew member Matt Glubb was placed aboard the vessel to attach a tow line. The vessel was then towed the some 16 miles back to Ilfracombe harbour and secured to a mooring in the outer harbour.
Half an hour after the ALB was launched, the ILB Deborah Brown II was launched to a yacht that had run aground in the outer harbour. Due to the dropping tide, the yacht was beginning to list heavily so a tow line was attached to the vessel to attempt to pull it free from its position.
However, the yacht was too far aground to be towed clear so the volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew stayed with the single handed yachtsman over low water to ensure his safety and that his yacht refloated without damage. As soon as there was enough water, the yacht was then towed clear of the beach and safely anchored.
Chris Wallis, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Ilfracombe, said:
‘This was a busy night for our volunteer crew at Ilfracombe and they faced some very adverse conditions. The RNLI always advises that you check the tide times and weather conditions before setting off on any venture and always carry a means of calling for help.’RNLI media contacts
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.