Looe RNLI volunteers navigation training interrupted by a shout

Lifeboats News Release

Looe RNLI volunteer crews had just launched the charity’s Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat for a planned training session yesterday evening when they were tasked by coastguards to a paddle boarder reported to be in difficulties off Seaton beach.

Looe RNLI’s Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Sheila and Dennis Tongue II leaving Looe

RNLI/Ian Foster

Looe RNLI’s Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Sheila and Dennis Tongue II leaving Looe

The inshore lifeboat crews stood by as the paddle boarder returned to shore.

Looe RNLI’s Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II had just launched for planned navigation training and was heading towards Looe Island when pagers sounded in the boathouse at 7.18 pm, yesterday evening, Wednesday 6 June 2018. Falmouth Coastguards had received multiple 999 calls reporting a paddle boarder in difficulties off Seaton. The Atlantic 85 crew was immediately tasked by the coastguards and our volunteer helm changed course and headed towards Seaton. At the same time the D Class inshore lifeboat Ollie Naismith was launching from the boathouse slipway.

On reaching a paddle boarder the Atlantic 85 crew confirmed the paddle boarder was not in any difficulty. The D Class crew made their way to speak to the first informant on Seaton beach to check this was the paddle boarder they were concerned about. The inshore lifeboat crews then stood by until the paddle boarder made their way back to Seaton, after which the volunteer crews continued with their planned navigation training.

Looe RNLI’s volunteer helms said ‘though this was a false alarm with good intent, from the shore it appeared that someone was in trouble and the informants did the right thing by calling 999. Anyone who has concerns about people along the coast or in the water should act promptly and call 999 to alert the Coastguard’.

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Photos:

· Looe RNLI’s Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Sheila and Dennis Tongue II leaving Looe
Photo credit RNLI / Ian Foster

· Looe RNLI’s D Class inshore lifeboat Ollie Naismith leaving Looe
Photo credit RNLI / Ian Foster

· Looe RNLI’s D Class inshore lifeboat Ollie Naismith heading towards Seaton
Photo credit RNLI / Ian Foster

· For further information on Looe RNLI Lifeboats please visit our website www.looelifeboats.co.uk

· Looe RNLI Facebook page www.facebook.com/LooeRNLI

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Looe RNLI’s D Class inshore lifeboat Ollie Naismith leaving Looe

RNLI/Ian Foster

Looe RNLI’s D Class inshore lifeboat Ollie Naismith leaving Looe
Looe RNLI’s D Class inshore lifeboat Ollie Naismith heading towards Seaton

RNLI/Ian Foster

Looe RNLI’s D Class inshore lifeboat Ollie Naismith heading towards Seaton

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