Looe RNLI volunteers rescue four people cut off by the tide at Portwrinkle

Lifeboats News Release

Four people cut off by the tide on a beach between Downderry and Portwrinkle were rescued by Looe RNLI volunteer crews and taken to Portwrinkle harbour

Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II at Looe Lifeboat Station after returning from Portwrinkle

RNLI/Ian Foster

Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II at Looe Lifeboat Station after returning from Portwrinkle

Yesterday evening, Saturday 25 July 2020, Looe RNLI volunteer crew pagers sounded at 7.26 pm following a report of four persons cut off by the tide between Downderry and Portwrinkle. Ten minutes later the charity’s D Class Ollie Naismith was launched and headed out of the river towards Portwrinkle. Shortly afterwards head launcher Paul Barley, tractor driver Eric Candy with shore crew Del Palfrey and John Crabb launched the Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Sheila and Dennis Tongue II. Both lifeboats made best speed across Looe bay towards Portwrinkle. Arriving on scene the group were spotted in a cove to the west of Portwrinkle.

Volunteer helm Dan Margetts, on the D Class inshore lifeboat, had to time his approach onto the beach as there was a moderate shore dump. After confirming no injuries, crew Dale Staff and Jack Spree helped two of them into the D Class and transferred them to the Atlantic 85 which was helmed by Clive Palfrey, with crew Brian Bowdler and Tom Peat. Dan then took the D Class back through the shore dump to pick up the remaining two casualties. Both inshore lifeboats then headed for Portwrinkle harbour where the group were reunited with the rest of their family.


Notes to editors


· Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II at Looe Lifeboat Station after returning from Portwrinkle
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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