Looe RNLI investigate a drifting dinghy

Lifeboats News Release

A small blue dinghy found drifting at the back of Looe island has been towed back to Looe lifeboat station by our volunteer crew

Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II towing the dinghy back to the lifeboat station

RNLI/Ian Foster

Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II towing the dinghy back to the lifeboat station

Yesterday evening, Saturday 13 June 2020, Falmouth coastguard operations centre received a call from a kayaker reporting an empty dinghy drifting at the back of Looe island.

Our volunteer RNLI crew were paged at 6.42 pm and launched the charity's Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II to investigate. Arriving quickly on scene our crew found an empty small blue dinghy. A tow was established, and the dinghy was taken back to Looe lifeboat station

We have spoken to the dinghy’s owners who are arranging collection.

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Notes to editors

· It has been a busy period for our volunteer crews, between 26 May 2020 and 13 June 2020 we have responded to eleven shouts, resulting in twelve launches of our inshore lifeboats.

Photos:

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

· Looe RNLI volunteer crew Jack Spree bring the dinghy ashore at Looe lifeboat station
Photo credit RNLI / Eric Candy

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

· Looe RNLI Facebook page www.facebook.com/LooeRNLI

RNLI media contacts

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 volunteer crew Jack Spree bring the dinghy ashore at Looe lifeboat station

RNLI/Eric Candy

Looe RNLI volunteer crew Jack Spree bring the dinghy ashore at Looe lifeboat station

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