Looe RNLI volunteers assist a broken down speedboat

Lifeboats News Release

Yesterday evening Looe RNLI volunteers assisted three persons in a 16 foot speedboat which was suffering engine problems one mile south of Millendreath. The speedboat was towed back into Looe where it was recovered onto its trailer

Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II being recovered yesterday evening

RNLI/Ian Foster

Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II being recovered yesterday evening

Yesterday evening, just before 9 pm, Falmouth Coastguard control centre received a 999 call from three persons on board a 16’ speedboat which was having engine problems. Within five minutes our RNLI volunteer crew had launched the charity’s Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II and headed to the reported position, one mile south of Millendreath. In the fading light it was difficult for our crew to see the speedboat which did not have navigation lights. The people on board used the torch on their mobile phone to guide the crew to their location. Establishing a tow, the speedboat was taken back to Looe river where it was recovered at the lifeboat slipway, onto a trailer.

The Atlantic 85 was recovered by the shore crew, washed down and refuelled ready for service by 9.25 pm

Looe RNLI volunteer helm Matt Jaycock was pleased to see the people on the speedboat were wearing buoyancy aids, he recommends a few simple safety checks that should be carried out before taking a boat out to sea, including checking your engine, ensuring you have enough fuel for the planned trip, carry reserve fuel, carry a suitable means of calling for help and telling someone where you are going and when you expect to be back.

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Notes to editors

RNLI Sailing and Motorboating safety advice can be found on this link

https://rnli.org/safety/choose-your-activity/yacht-sailing-and-motorboating

Photos:

· Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II being recovered yesterday evening
Photo credit RNLI / Ian Foster

· Stock image - Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II leaving Looe on service
Photo credit RNLI / Ian Foster

Information

· Re-established as an inshore lifeboat station in 1992, Looe RNLI operate two inshore lifeboats
An Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II and a D Class Ollie Naismith

· For further information on Looe RNLI Lifeboats please visit our website www.looelifeboats.co.uk

· Looe RNLI Facebook page www.facebook.com/LooeRNLI

RNLI media contacts

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

Alternatively you can contact the RNLI Duty Press Officer on 01202 336789
Stock image - Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II leaving Looe on service

RNLI/Ian Foster

Stock image - Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II leaving Looe on service

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