Teignmouth RNLI lifeboat crew in search for potential missing base jumper
The Teignmouth RNLI lifeboat crew were involved in a search for a potential missing base jumper on Tuesday evening (16 June 2020) but were stood down when all was found to be well.
A member of the public had reported seeing a base jumper leave the cliffs in the Anstey’s Cove area but did not see them re-surface. The volunteer lifeboat crew were tasked at 9.31pm to carry out a shoreline search. The Coastguard team were also on scene and spoke to people in the area. The base jumper was located and the crew were stood down and returned to station. The lifeboat was refuelled and ready for service at 10.45pm.
The RNLI reminds people that jumping into the sea from height is extremely dangerous. The water may be shallower than it looks. Submerged rocks may not be visible - these can cause serious injury or paralysis. The shock of cold water can make it difficult to swim, and a strong tidal flow can easily sweep a person away.
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.