Looe RNLI volunteer crews rescue hang glider pilot from rocks at Freathy
Volunteers with Looe RNLI launched both inshore lifeboats this afternoon, Tuesday 13 March 2018, following reports of a hang glider crashing into rocks above Freathy beach. The uninjured male pilot was taken by D Class lifeboat to coastguard teams waiting on Portwrinkle beach.
Alerted by pagers at 1.25 pm this afternoon, Tuesday 13 March 2018, volunteers from Looe RNLI quickly launched both of the charity’s inshore lifeboats and headed out in sunny conditions across Looe Bay towards Freathy beach. Reports were coming in of a hang glider crashing into rocks above the beach. On arrival the crew of the Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II located the pilot on rocks above a narrow gully with deep water either side. It was decided to use the smaller D Class inshore lifeboat Ollie Naismith to reach the pilot. In southerly force 2 winds, helm Dan Margetts skilfully kedged the lifeboat into the gully allowing one of the crew, Toby Bray, to climb up the rocks to check the pilot’s condition. Finding the male pilot uninjured, they both made their way down over the rocks onto the Ollie Naismith. The pilot was taken to Portwrinkle beach where coastguard teams from Looe and Tamar were waiting to take him back to his launch site.
David Haines, Lifeboat Operations Manager with Looe RNLI said: 'Our volunteer crews practice kedging for this type of rescue where they need to control the lifeboat in confined spaces, kedging is a skilled technique where a light anchor is used to help manoeuvre the boat into position.'
Atlantic 85 crew : Matthew Jaycock (helm ), Brian Bowdler, Arron Rix and Robert Deakin
D Class crew : Dan Margetts (helm ), Toby Bray, David Jackman
Shore crew : Graham Rich, Chris Lewis, Nathaniel Rothwell, Paul Barley
· Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II returning to Looe
Photo credit RNLI / Ian Foster
· Looe RNLI D Class Ollie Naismith returning to Looe
Photo credit RNLI / Ian Foster
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