Teignmouth RNLI work with the local Surf Lifesaving Club to rescue two people
Teignmouth’s volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew worked with volunteers from Teignmouth Surf Life Saving Club to rescue two men who had jumped into the water at East Cliff on Sunday morning (29 July). With a high tide and big surf, the men were getting pushed back against the sea wall and in serious danger
Two members of the Teignmouth Surf Life Saving Club who had been assessing the conditions ahead of their Sunday training spotted the two men who’d jumped off the sea wall in to the water. Spotting the immediate danger they were in, the club volunteers threw the pair rescue tubes and instructed them to try and swim away from the wall. They called for assistance from the Coastguard who tasked Teignmouth lifeboat, before entering the water as a last resort to guide the men away from the wall.
Teignmouth’s RNLI crew were tasked at 7.51am and the volunteers launched the lifeboat in just seven minutes. They were on scene quickly, scooping up all four of the men (the two initial causalities and the two rescuers from the Surf Life Saving Club), bringing them all back to the station. The two casualties were assessed and handed into the care of paramedics.
Charlie Woolnough, Teignmouth’s volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager said;
‘The station volunteers responded quickly and the whole rescue was over in about 11 minutes. The two men were extremely lucky that there were experienced lifesavers close by who were able to raise the alarm and assist in the rescue. The conditions on Sunday were awful and without their quick response, the situation could have been much worse.
We’d urge people to assess the conditions and their capabilities before entering the water and consider the risks to themselves and others. If you see someone in difficulty in the water, call 999 immediately and ask for the Coastguard.’
Notes to Editors
- Please follow the link to footage filmed on the lifeboat camera of the first of the Surf Lifesaving Club volunteers being picked up by the lifeboat, it shows the conditions and the water breaking along the sea wall https://rnli.org/news-and-media/2018/july/29/teignmouth-rnli-lifeboat-crew-work-with-teignmouth-surf-lifesaving-club-voluntee
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