Volunteers from Plymouth RNLI launch on service

Lifeboats News Release

Plymouth RNLI rescue a 25 year old male from local beach.

RNLI/Cameron Hicks

Plymouth ILB at Whitsand Beach


The Plymouth RNLI Volunteers launched the charities Atlantic 85 (Annabel E Jones) to assist the South West Ambulance Service, Looe and Tamar Coastguard teams extract a casualty from Wiggle Cliff in Whitsand Bay.

After a full assessment from the South West Ambulance Service the casualty was taken on board the inshore lifeboat to an awaiting ambulance at Cremyll slipway.

Given the current COVID-19 outbreak, the RNLI is urging everyone not to use the sea for exercise or recreation, and to follow the clear Government instructions: Stay home, protect the NHS and save lives.

While you are allowed out for daily exercise, we do not recommend that this exercise is on or in the sea.

Our charity’s lifeboat service is still available but every time a lifeboat crew is called to an incident, it puts additional pressure on RNLI volunteers and other front line emergency services as well as potentially exposing them to COVID-19.

You could be fully competent and never needed rescue but by going out on the water you could encourage others who are less proficient to take part in similar activities.

We know people who live at the coast still want to exercise by the sea, but when you do this, please think of the potential impact of your actions on RNLI lifeboat volunteers and other emergency services.

The volunteer crew returned to station at 7pm and after a full clean down are now ready for service.

You can read more about the RNLI’s advice at: https://rnli.org/…/rnli-urges-people-not-to-use-the-sea-for…




In a coastal emergency dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard

RNLI/Cameron Hicks


RNLI/Cameron Hicks

Volunteer crew launching with PPE on

RNLI/John Baldry

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