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First callout in 2018 for Plymouth inshore lifeboat Millennium Forester

Lifeboats News Release

After a quiet spell since before Christmas the crew at Plymouth Lifeboat Station were tasked to their first callout of 2018 by Falmouth Coastguard.

John Baldry

The pagers sounded on Friday 26 January at 3.55pm and the crew of the inshore lifeboat were tasked to assist a 16 foot motorboat with engine trouble.

The volunteer crew launched the Atlantic 75 inshore lifeboat and headed north of the Tamar Bridge where the vessel, with one person on board, was in difficulty. They towed the casualty to safety to the slipway at Saltash. The crew returned to the station at 5.12pm ready for service.

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  • Plymouth RNLI lifeboat has been operating since 1862. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to www.rnli.org.uk/Plymouth

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