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Lifeboats News Release

Following a 999 call from a member of the public, to the Coast Guard this evening both the RNLI Salcombe all-weather and in-shore lifeboats were launched to a report of several swimmers in difficulty near Steeple Cove.

RNLI/Robin Hodges

Steeple Cove Incident

Upon arrival at the location a total of nine teenagers, some on bodyboards and others in an inflatable ‘non-seagoing’ type dingy were found to be having difficulty in returning to the shore.

The nine casualties were taken on-board the ALB and returned to the RNLI Salcombe Lifeboat Station, very cold, wet and somewhat embarrassed but thankfully none had suffered any injuries. Each was able to dry themselves off, warm themselves and collect their thoughts.

As is normal in these circumstances they were interviewed by members of the Coast Guard, who with a few gentle suggestions explained how maybe they could do things a little differently next time.

Once parents had been informed and the Coast Guard were happy, the youngsters were able to make their way back to their holiday location.

All were very grateful for the help given and apologetic for their indiscretion.

  • If you see someone in difficulties call 999 and ask for the Coast Guard.

  • Always wear a life jacket and appropriate wet gear clothing.

  • Do not go into the water with items not designed for the open seas.

  • Respect the water.

RNLI/Robin Hodges

ILB responding to Steeple Cove incident

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