An early morning page for Looe RNLI volunteers

Lifeboats News Release

Looe RNLI volunteer pager’s sounded in the early hours of Sunday morning when the crew were tasked to search Looe river and estuary for a male who was reported to have fallen into the river. The crew were stood down after three hours of searching when the male was found safe in town

RNLI/Ian Foster

Looe RNLI volunteer crew pager’s sounded at 1.16 am on Sunday 8 July 2018, following reports of a male fallen into Looe river by the bridge.

The volunteer crew launched the charity’s D Class inshore lifeboat Ollie Naismith to join Looe and Polruan Coastguard teams with Devon and Cornwall Police searching Looe river, the quaysides and estuary. Looe Harbour Commissioners were also assisting by checking their CCTV footage.

After three hours of searching the volunteer crews were stood down at 4.15am after the male was located safe in the town.

Returning to the boathouse the D Class inshore lifeboat was refuelled, washed down and made ready for her next service

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.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or by email.