A four shout Sunday for Looe RNLI volunteers

Lifeboats News Release

Looe RNLI volunteers were kept busy this afternoon responding to four shouts. Strong offshore winds blew inflatables offshore in three separate incidents . Passing paddleboarders and kayakers bought the first two back to shore as the D Class ILB was launching

Stock image - Looe RNLI D Class Ollie Naismith leaving Looe

RNLI/Ian Foster

Stock image - Looe RNLI D Class Ollie Naismith leaving Looe

Our crew on the D Class rescued two persons on board third inflatable which was blown further out to sea. Shortly afterwards our crews launched the Atlantic 85 to tow a boat, which had run out of fuel, back to Looe

Lunchtime, Sunday 28 July 2019, and the strong north easterly force 3 winds were causing problems for beach users on inflatables. In three separate incidents inflatables were blown out to sea.

The first shout came in at 11.32 am, with reports of an inflatable being blown out to sea past the Banjo Pier, Looe RNLI volunteers had just launched the charity’s D Class inshore lifeboat Ollie Naismith when they were stood down as passing paddleboarders bought the inflatable back to the beach. Just over an hour later a second inflatable was blown out to sea with our crew being alerted at 12.44 pm, they were stood down before launching as this inflatable was bought back to the beach by a kayaker. The third incident occurred 2.54 pm when two persons on an inflatable were being blown further out to sea. Launching the D Class inshore lifeboat Ollie Naismith within four minutes the crew were quickly alongside and transferred the two casualties onto the lifeboat and taken back to the lifeboat station. Looe Coastguard team who also responded rescued a fourth inflatable off the Banjo Pier with a throw line.

Dave Haines, Looe RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, says ‘any one of these incidents could have so easily ended in tragedy, blow-up toys and airbeds are designed for pools, not the sea where they can easily be swept out offshore.’

Every summer inflatables are one of the most common reasons our lifeboat crews and lifeguards get called into action. If you're heading to the beach with an inflatable, please stay safe #RespectTheWater and follow the RNLI beach safety advice

  • ensure children are closely supervised
  • keep near the shore
  • do not take inflatables out in big waves
  • never use them when the orange windsock is flying, as this indicates offshore winds which will blow inflatables further out to sea
  • if they are used on lifeguarded beaches, only use between the red and yellow beach flags and follow the lifeguard’s advice
  • if you do get into difficulty, then stay with your inflatable as it will keep you above the water
  • if you see someone in trouble, dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard

Crew pagers sounded for the fourth time at 4.49 pm following a call for assistance from 3 people onboard an 18’ boat which had run out of fuel three miles south east of Looe. Launching the Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II our crew quickly arrived on scene, established a tow line and bought the boat back into Looe river.


Notes to editors

No photos from this shout are available

RNLI beach safety advice https://rnli.org/safety/beach-safety


· Stock image - Looe RNLI D Class Ollie Naismith leaving Looe
Photo credit RNLI / Ian Foster

· 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

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

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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

RNLI/Ian Foster

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

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