Ilfracombe RNLI lifeboats launched to report of four people cut off by tide
The Ilfracombe RNLI all-weather Shannon class lifeboat and D Class inshore lifeboat were launched on Thursday 11 April 2019 following reports that four people were cut off by rising tides at Combe Martin.
The Ilfracombe volunteer lifeboat crews had just completed their Thursday night training exercise when a request was received from Falmouth coastguard at 8.14 p.m. to investigate a report that four people had been seen cut off by the rising tide on rocks at Combe Martin.
The Ilfracombe Shannon class lifeboat The Barry and Peggy High Foundation was already in the water following the exercise and so immediately set off for Combe Martin. The Ilfracombe D Class inshore lifeboat The Deborah Brown II which had already been recovered back into the boathouse was promptly launched at 8.17 p.m. also made its way quickly along the coast. Conditions were good with a slight swell and light winds however, it was getting dark and the tide was rising.
On arriving at Combe Martin however, it was found that the four people were fisherman who were standing on the rocks. The lifeboat crew made sure the fishermen were not in any danger and then returned to the station and both lifeboats were recovered back into the boathouse by 8.40 p.m.
Carl Perrin, Volunteer Coxswain for Ilfracombe RNLI lifeboat says ‘the member of the public who called the coastguard did the right thing in raising the alarm. In this instance it was a false alarm with good intent as the fisherman were not in danger, however it is better to be safe than sorry. We are always happy to be called out when people believe that lives may be in danger as our principal concern is to make sure that people are safe. If anyone does see someone they believe may be in danger then they should dial 999 and ask for the coastguard’.
Notes to editors
- RNLI Ilfracombe Volunteer Coxswain Carl Perrin is available for interview.
- Ilfracombe lifeboat station has been operating since 1866. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to https://rnli.org/ilfracombe
- Ilfracombe RNLI station currently operates a Shannon class all-weather lifeboat The Barry and Peggy High Foundation and a D class inshore lifeboat The Deborah Brown II. The station also operates a Shannon launch and recovery vehicle The June and Gordon Hadfield.
- A library photograph of the RNLI Shannon class lifeboat can be viewed at https://rnli.org/what-we-do/lifeboats-and-stations/our-lifeboat-fleet/shannon-class-lifeboat
- A library photograph of the RNLI D Class inshore lifeboat can be viewed at https://rnli.org/what-we-do/lifeboats-and-stations/our-lifeboat-fleet/d-class-lifeboat
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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,200 lives.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.