Torbay Volunteers night time search and rescue

Lifeboats News Release

The crew of the Torbay Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) pulled a person from the water near Princess Pier, Torquay last night (Thursday 4 April) and delivered them into the care of the South West NHS Ambulance Trust.

Torbay Coastguard

RNLI Torbay Inshore Lifeboat arriving on scene in Torquay

After a speedy launch, the three-man RNLI Torbay crew arrived on scene and immediately located the casualty, brought them on board the ILB and took them to safety at Haldon Pier. They were back at the Torbay Lifeboat station and ready for service again at 21.56.

Helm of the RNLI Torbay Inshore Lifeboat Ashley McInally said, “We launched within 8 minutes of our pagers going off and recovered the casualty soon after arriving on the scene. They were very cold indeed and were lucky that someone had seen them and called for help. If you see someone in trouble at the coast dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.”

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