Three shouts in a day for RNLI Torbay
After a relatively quiet start to the New Year the RNLI Torbay volunteer crew were called out three times yesterday (Sunday 13 January).
The first of the shouts came at 2.12pm yesterday when the RNLI Torbay’s Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) crew were tasked to a capsized dinghy in off Preston Beach in Torquay. The ILB then called for the All Weather Lifeboat (ALB) Alec and Christina Dykes to assist when a further three dinghies got into trouble in strengthening winds.
Shortly after attending the dinghies, the ALB, helmed by Torbay Deputy Coxswain James Hoare, was requested to take over the tow of a fishing vessel from the Salcombe lifeboat 10 miles south of Berry Head. After a choppy tow the casualty vessel was moored safely in Brixham at 6.45pm.
Mark Criddle, RNLI Coxswain for the Torbay RNLI Lifeboat said: ‘Yesterday’s shouts show the range of incidents we get called to and how flexible our volunteers need to be. After a quiet start to the new year, we were certainly in demand yesterday and the Torbay crew did a fantastic job responding to vessels large and small.”
Notes to editors
Photo: A photo of the Torbay All Weather Lifeboat Alec & Christina Dykes returning a 25m fishing boat to Brixham harbour safely yesterday is attached. (photo courtesy of RNLI Torbay crew member Richard Fowler)
Torbay Lifeboat Station Key Facts:
- Torbay lifeboat station has been operating since 1866. To learn more about the station go to: https://rnli.org/find-my-nearest/lifeboat-stations/torbay-lifeboat-station
- Coxswain of Torbay Lifeboat is Mark Criddle
- Further information on Torbay Lifeboat Station’s local activities can be found at:http://www.torbaylifeboat.co.uk/
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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 230 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and has more than 180 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK. 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 140,000 lives.
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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.