Two shouts in two days for Looe RNLI volunteers
A busy couple of days for Looe RNLI volunteer crews responding to two shouts in two days
Yesterday evening, Friday 4 May 2018 our volunteer RNLI crews were paged at 5.24 pm following reports of a male in difficulties on rocks to the west of Talland beach. Within 6 minutes the D Class inshore lifeboat Ollie Naismith was leaving Looe heading towards Talland. On arrival the crew spoke to a kayaker who informed them there was a male on the rocks waving to attract his attention as he thought a seabird was trapped on a marker flag close by. With no one in sight the crew made their way to the beach to speak to the first informant who confirmed they had seen a male waving frantically at the same location. After another check of the rocks to establish no one was in trouble the crew were stood down and returned to Looe.
Volunteer helm of the inshore lifeboat Dave Jackman said that the first informants did the right thing in calling the coastguard after seeing what they thought from a distance was someone in trouble. We would always rather launch and not be needed, than not be called and learn that someone was really in danger. Anyone who has concerns about people along the coast should act promptly and call 999 to alert the Coastguard.
The second shout for Looe RNLI volunteers came at 2.39 pm this afternoon, Saturday 5 May 2018, when, following reports of a female in difficulties in the sea off Seaton beach, both of the charity’s inshore lifeboats were launched on service. The Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II and D Class Ollie Naismith inshore lifeboats launched from the river and headed over to Seaton. Arriving first on scene the crew of the Atlantic 85 found the female a quarter of a mile off shore being assisted by two paddle boarders. Supported by the D Class inshore lifeboat the crew quickly bought her onboard the Atlantic 85 and immediately returned to Looe Lifeboat Station where the casualty was handed over into the care of paramedics and Devon and Cornwall Police. Looe Coastguard team were also in attendance.
Notes for Editors:
No photographs from these two shouts are available
· Stock image - Looe RNLI’s Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II
Photo credit RNLI / Ian Foster
· Stock image - Looe RNLI’s D Class Ollie Naismith returning to Looe
Photo credit RNLI / Ian Foster
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