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Looe RNLI volunteers rescue two persons and a dog cut off by tide at Portwrinkle

Lifeboats News Release

Earlier this afternoon, Saturday 29 September 2018, Looe RNLI volunteers went to the aid of two persons and their dog who were cut off by the tide in a small cove to the west of Portwrinkle

Stock image - Looe RNLI’s inshore lifeboats Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II and D Class Ollie Naismith launching from Looe

RNLI/Ian Foster

Stock image - Looe RNLI’s inshore lifeboats Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II and D Class Ollie Naismith launching from Looe

The volunteer crew escorted the casualties over the rocks onto the D Class inshore lifeboat and took them back to Downderry.

Earlier this afternoon Falmouth Coastguard control centre received a 999 call from a kayaker reporting two persons with a dog cut off by the tide in a small cove to the west of Portwrinkle. Looe RNLI volunteer crew were paged at 4.57 pm and quickly launched both inshore lifeboats. First to arrive on scene was the charity’s Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II, with the incoming tide breaking over rocks on the foreshore the Atlantic 85 was unable to reach the casualties so one of the crew from the D Class inshore lifeboat Ollie Naismith made his way 20 feet over rocks to reach the casualties. Finding the casualties uninjured our crew helped the group back over the rocks onto the D Class lifeboat. With the two casualties and their dog safely on board they were taken back to the slipway on Downderry beach.

Both Looe RNLI volunteer helms commented that it would have been a far more difficult rescue had it not been for the prompt action from the kayaker realising the persons were in difficulty and making the 999 call to the coastguard. With nowhere safe to shelter from the incoming tide the beach would have completely covered in water within two hours and there was no easy way up the cliff. They recommend when walking along the beaches or coastline to check the tide times and always carry a means of calling for help.

The inshore lifeboats returned to station where they were washed down, refuelled and made ready for service by 6pm.

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Photos:

· Stock image - Looe RNLI’s inshore lifeboats Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II and D Class Ollie Naismith launching from Looe
Photo credit RNLI / Ian Foster

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

· Looe RNLI’s D Class inshore lifeboat Ollie Naismith returning to Looe
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

Emma Haines, RNLI Regional Media Officer, on 07786 668847 or emma.haines@rnli.org.uk

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Looe RNLI’s Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Sheila and Dennis Tongue II returning to Looe

RNLI/Ian Foster

Looe RNLI’s Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Sheila and Dennis Tongue II returning to Looe
Looe RNLI’s D Class inshore lifeboat Ollie Naismith returning to Looe

RNLI/Ian Foster

Looe RNLI’s D Class inshore lifeboat Ollie Naismith returning to Looe

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