Looe RNLI volunteers assist a teenager fallen on rocks

Lifeboats News Release

Looe RNLI volunteer crews launched the charity’s D Class inshore lifeboat on Sunday 6 May 2018, to assist a teenager fallen on rocks over on second beach, East Looe. The female casualty was taken by lifeboat back to the boathouse where she was reunited with her parents

Looe RNLI D Class inshore lifeboat crew with casualty on second beach

RNLI/Ian Foster

Looe RNLI D Class inshore lifeboat crew with casualty on second beach

The busy May bank holiday continued for the volunteers of Looe RNLI, responding to their third shout in as many days. On Sunday afternoon, 6 May 2018, a teenager, who had fallen on rocks over on second beach, telephoned the lifeboat station for help. After alerting our Lifeboat Operations Manager, one of our station guides went across to find out what had happened. Our guide realised the casualty was further across the beach and closer to the waters edge than initially reported. With the tide on the turn our station guide updated our Lifeboat Operations Manager who liaised with the coastguard and paged our volunteer crew at 3.35 pm. The charity’s D Class inshore lifeboat Ollie Naismith was launched within five minutes and our volunteer crew headed over to the casualty’s location whilst other crew members made their way over on foot. Suspecting a leg injury the casualty was placed in a stretcher and taken by lifeboat back to the station. Our shore crew took her two companions along the beach to join her back at the lifeboat station. The casualty was looked after at the lifeboat station until her parents arrived.

The Ollie Naismith D Class inshore lifeboat was washed down, refuelled and made ready for service by 4.20 pm.

Carol Foster, our station guide who answered the initial phone call, says Looe Lifeboat Station is not manned 24 hours a day and advises anyone who needs help on the coast, in the water or sees somebody else in trouble along the coast to dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

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Notes for Editors:

Weather : Sunny with good visibility, calm seas and light southerly winds.

Photos:

· Looe RNLI D Class inshore lifeboat crew with casualty on second beach
Photo credit RNLI / Ian Foster

· Looe RNLI D Class inshore lifeboat crew returning to the lifeboat station with the casualty
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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For more information please telephone Ian Foster, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer for Looe Lifeboat Station, on 07902 753228 or looelpo@ianfoster.com or ian_foster@rnli.org.uk

or

Amy Caldwell, RNLI Regional Media Manager, on 07920 818807 or amy_caldwell@rnli.org.uk

or

Carrie Garrad, RNLI Regional Media Officer, on 07786 668847 or carrie_garrad@rnli.org.uk

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Looe RNLI D Class inshore lifeboat crew returning to the lifeboat station with the casualty

RNLI/Ian Foster

Looe RNLI D Class inshore lifeboat crew returning to the lifeboat station with the casualty

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