Family with a young baby rescued by Plymouth RNLI

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Family with a young baby rescued by Plymouth RNLI, Yealm Coastguard and some helpful local surfers.

RNLI/John Baldry

Stock Photo of Plymouth All Weather Lifeboat

Saturday 25th July 8:58pm


Family with a young baby rescued by Plymouth RNLI, Yealm Coastguard and some helpful local surfers.


Our Volunteer crew Launched the the charity’s All Weather Lifeboat (Sybil Mullen Glover) just before 9pm on Saturday nigh to a young family cut off by the tide at Wembury Beach.


Two volunteer crew members Richard Gibson and Richard Ham used the Y-Class Lifeboat from the All Weather Lifeboat to access the family that had become cut off by the tide in the rocky cove located on the east side of Wembury beach.


Senior Helm Richard Gibson said :

We picked up the mother and baby first and with the help of 4 local surfers and the 2 Coastguards that assisted in holding the Y-Class Lifeboat boat steady. The Mother and baby was taken to the west side of Wembury Beach where a lady was waiting with blankets. We then returned to pick up the father and then the 2 members from Yealm Coastguard Rescue Team.

We would recommend you always check the tide times and take a means of calling for help when at the coast.


Deputy 2nd Coxswain Neil Humphrey said:

Thank you to the 4 local surfers that assisted the Y-Class lifeboat in safely recovering the casualties back to the beach. In any coastal emergency dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.


The Y-Class lifeboat returned to the All Weather Lifeboat and the All Weather lifeboat returned to station 11pm ready for service.



Coastal walking safety tips

• Be wary of all edges around the sea and waterside.

• Always take a means of calling for help.
• Check the weather and tide times.


If you see someone in difficulty at the coast, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard. To find out more about the RNLI’s beach safety advice, visit rnli.org/Beach2020.

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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.

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