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Looe RNLI volunteers search for a person cut off by the tide

Lifeboats News Release

Earlier this afternoon volunteers from Looe RNLI were requested to assist Looe Coastguard team with a search for a person reported cut off by the tide between Tregantle and Portwrinkle.

Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II returning to Looe

RNLI/Ian Foster

Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II returning to Looe

Launching the charity’s Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat the crew conducted a coastal search. Finding nothing the lifeboat was stood down and returned to station.

Earlier this afternoon, Monday 5 November 2018, a 999 call was received by Falmouth Coastguard control centre expressing concern for a person, possibly cut off by the tide, last seen walking west from Tregantle beach towards Portwrinkle. Our volunteer crew were paged at 1.29 pm and launching the charity’s Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Sheila and Dennis Tongue II headed across Looe bay towards Portwrinkle. Helmed by Clive Palfrey, with crew members Brian Bowdler, Aaron Rix and Matt Jaycock, the crew conducted a search from Portwrinkle to Tregantle and back to Portwrinkle whilst members of Looe Coastguard team searched the cliff paths.

Finding nothing, the Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat was stood down and returned to station, where she was washed down, refuelled and made ready for service by 3 pm.

One of our volunteer helms Brian Bowdler said that the first informants did the right thing in calling the coastguard after losing sight of the walker and not seeing them return along the beach. Our volunteer crews 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.


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· Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II returning to Looe
Photo credit RNLI / Ian Foster

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