Appledore RNLI lauches to a man in difficulty in the water
At 10.50am this morning (May 7) Appledore inshore lifeboat volunteer crew responded to a launch request from Falmouth Coastguard to a report of a male in the water, having capsized a dinghy off The Beaver Inn, Irsha Street, Appledore (River Torridge).
On arrival at the scene the crew found the casualty had already been rescued by two members of the public and had been taken ashore. Two RNLI crew members went ashore to check on the welfare of the casualty who was cold and shocked. Mobile coastguard units and a Paramedic also attended and continued treatment of the casualty whilst the lifeboat crew righted the dinghy and placed it back on its moorings before returning to station.
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.