Teignmouth RNLI lifeboat crew respond to two separate incidents
The Teignmouth RNLI lifeboat crew were busy on Wednesday afternoon responding to two separate incidents.
The first launch request was at 1.08pm in response to a member of the public reporting that they thought they had seen a vessel capsize in the area of Anstey’s Cove and thought there were people in the water.
The volunteer crew arrived on scene but did not find anything, the Coastguard Response team was also on scene. A thorough search was conducted in the wider area and the crew spoke to people aboard other vessels and nobody had seen anything untoward.
The lifeboat crew were stood down and returned to station. Shortly after the crew were put on stand-by and then they launched to assist casualties aboard a motor boat.
Three people were aboard a hired motor boat which was aground at Spratt Sand off Teignmouth. The crew took the casualties aboard the Two Annes lifeboat and two crew members freed the motor boat and it was returned to its mooring in Teignmouth. The casualties were returned to the lifeboat station safe and well.
Dave Matthews, volunteer helm said of the second shout: ‘We have responded to previous shouts at Spratt Sand and I urge everyone to check tides before venturing out and to listen to local advice when taking a boat out’.
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.