Teignmouth RNLI Lifeboat crew attend two shouts
Teignmouth RNLI lifeboat crew had a busy afternoon on Thursday, 27 June 2019 when they were tasked to two shouts.
The volunteer crew were requested to launch at 1.27pm on a sunny afternoon but with a strong easterly wind. The launch was in response to a report of two casualties in the water near Anstey’s Cove. The crew took the casualties aboard the Two Annes lifeboat and transferred them to Babbacombe Pier where they were transferred to an ambulance.
Whilst the lifeboat was still at sea the crew were then re-tasked to Hollicombe beach following a kayaker who had capsized. A member of the public had entered the water to assist the kayaker but also got into difficulties. The lifeboat crew transferred the casualties to the lifeboat and one person was airlifted to Torbay hospital and the other person taken to Paignton.
The crew and lifeboat returned safely to station and were recovered at 4.15pm.
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.