RNLI Torbay are called out three times on Mother’s Day

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of both RNLI Torbay Lifeboats were called out to search for two people whose small boat had foundered on rocks at Sharkham Point yesterday (Sunday 31 March). This was the first of two Mother’s Day call-outs for RNLI Torbay and took the number of shouts so far this year to 21.

The RNLI Torbay Inshore (ILB) and All Weather Lifeboats launched at lunchtime yesterday and, after an exhaustive search of the coast, the volunteers found the stricken vessel much further than than had been reported initially at Sharkham Point.

After a tricky approach to the rocks in a challenging Easterly wind, a member of the RNLI Torbay crew was put ashore. After attending to the casualties, the volunteer escorted them up the cliffs and into the care of the Coast Guard.

Yesterday’s RNLI Torbay shouts came hard on the heels of a busy week which saw the volunteers being called out at least once every day, five days in a row. Amongst these incidents was a shout on Friday 29 March to a small open boat with engine failure that was in danger of foundering on Shoalstone Rocks. The RNLI Torbay crew managed to secure a line to the vessel and tow it to the safety of Brixham Harbour.

Mark Criddle, RNLI Torbay Coxwain said, “Its been a busy start to the year for our volunteers with 21 shouts so far compared to the more normal number of 12. Some things never change though, and our dedicated volunteers are always standing by and ready to assist in saving lives at sea.”

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Photo: Torbay Inshore and All Weather Lifeboats returning to the lifeboat station after rescuing two people in distress at Sharkham Point. Photo courtesy of Jon Greatcatch

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Torbay Inshore and All Weather Lifeboats returning to the lifeboat station after rescuing two people in distress at Sharkham Point

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Casualties on the rocks at Sharkham Point before the RNLI arrived

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