Two callouts for Teignmouth Lifeboat Crew
The Teignmouth RNLI lifeboat crew responded to two callouts on successive days.
On Friday, 21 December Solent Coastguard reported hearing the word ‘Mayday’ and requested that a thorough search of the Teign Estuary be carried out. Both the Two Annes Atlantic and Arancia lifeboats launched at 5.42pm so that both sides of the river banks could be searched efficiently as far as Newton Abbot. The Exmouth lifeboats also launched to search the river Exe.
After a thorough search nothing was found and the lifeboat and crew returned to station. The lifeboats were refuelled and ready for service at 7.35pm.
The next callout was on Saturday morning following a report of a partially submerged yacht approximately 200m off the end of the Pier. Upon arrival on scene at 9.26am the volunteer crew determined that the object was a weathered marker and was not causing a hazard.
The lifeboat and crew returned to station and the lifeboat was ready for service at 9.54am.
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.