Looe RNLI volunteer crew rescue 3 persons cut off by the tide

Lifeboats News Release

After a brief search Looe RNLI volunteers rescued three persons who were cut off by the tide on a small cove to the west of Portwrinkle

Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II returning to port

RNLI/Ian Foster

Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II returning to port

It was a busy day for Looe RNLI volunteers yesterday, Tuesday 9 June 2020, as crew pagers sounded for the second time at 5.16 pm for an immediate launch of both inshore lifeboats. Falmouth coastguards had received a call from 3 persons cut off by the tide, saying they were somewhere between Looe and Portwrinkle. The mobile phone signal was lost before they were able to give a more precise location. A decision was made by Dave Haines, our Lifeboat Operations Manager, to launch both boats with the D Class, Ollie Naismith, starting at Millendreath and searching east and the Atlantic 85, Sheila and Dennis Tongue II, heading to Portwrinkle to start the search westwards. Shortly after arriving on scene at Portwrinkle, the crew on the Atlantic 85 spotting the casualties in a small cove to the west of Portwrinkle. The casualties were taken on board the inshore lifeboat and returned safely to Looe.

This incident highlights the importance of not relying on a mobile phone to call for help as the signal can be poor along the coastline and beaches. RNLI beach safety advice recommends telling a friend where you are going and what time you expect to return, always check the tide times and carry a suitable means of calling for help.

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· Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II returning to port
Photo credit RNLI / Ian Foster

· Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II returning to the lifeboat station
Photo credit RNLI / Ian Foster

Information

· 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 Marianne Quinn, RNLI Regional Media Officer, on 07786 668847 or marianne_quinn@rnli.org.uk

Alternatively you can contact the RNLI Duty Press Officer on 01202 336789
Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II returning to the lifeboat station

RNLI/Ian Foster

Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II returning to the lifeboat station

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