Looe RNLI volunteers launch to the aid of a broken down dinghy

Lifeboats News Release

Yesterday afternoon Looe RNLI volunteers launched the Atlantic 85 to aid a dinghy with engine problems drifting in a large swell 200m off Millendreath beach. The two persons on board were transferred onto the lifeboat and the dinghy towed back into Looe river

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

RNLI/Ian Foster

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

Yesterday afternoon, Friday 26 July 2019, a dinghy with two persons on board put out a pan pan call after they suffered engine failure, and found themselves drifting in wsw force 4 winds and a heavy swell, 200 meters off Millendreath beach. Within 6 minutes of the page at 2.26 pm, Looe RNLI volunteers launched the charity’s Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Sheila and Dennis Tongue II and headed over to Millendreath.

The two casualties on the dinghy were transferred onto the Atlantic 85 for safety, and with the dinghy in tow they were taken back to Looe.

Atlantic 85 crew : Toby Bray (helm ) Brian Bowdler, Alastair Pearn and Jack Spree

Shore crew : Graham Rich (tractor) Del Palfrey, Paul Barley, Goron Jones, Matt Jaycock, Aaron Rix and Nick Pope

Volunteer helm Toby Bray commented that the two casualties were wearing lifejackets, carried correct safety equipment and did the right thing in calling the coastguards for help over VHF radio. He goes on to say that ‘mechanical failure is the single biggest cause of RNLI rescue call outs to boats, accounting for nearly 20% of all our lifeboat launches. Knowing your boat, carrying spares and being able to fit them could make the difference between having to call for help and being able to help yourself.’


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


· 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

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