Three people cut off by the tide rescued by Looe RNLI lifeboat crew

Lifeboats News Release

Three people were taken back to Talland beach after becoming stranded on rocky outcrops

Looe RNLI D Class Ollie Naismith heading towards Talland

RNLI/Ian Foster

Looe RNLI D Class Ollie Naismith heading towards Talland

Yesterday evening, Saturday 20 June, our volunteer RNLI crew were alerted by pager to reports of three persons cut off by the tide at Talland Bay. At 6.50 pm the charity’s D Class inshore lifeboat Ollie Naismith was launched by Tractor driver Chris Lewis and shore crew Brian Bowdler. In a moderate southerly breeze, helm Dan Margetts, with crew Goron Jones and Jack Spree headed towards Talland in choppy seas. Arriving on scene our crew spotted the casualties on rocky outcrops to the west of Talland beach. With the incoming tide the group had been split on two rocks 100 yards apart. Dan timed his approach through the swell, putting the bow of the D Class into the rocks, allowing Goron and Jack to help the first casualty into the lifeboat, Dan, Goron and Jack then had to repeat the same manoeuvre to pick up the other two from the second rock. Our crew took the three back to Talland beach where Looe coastguard team were waiting.

Commenting on the rescue, volunteer helm Dan Margetts said ‘it was a tricky approach through the swell and rocky outcrops. The D Class is a very capable lifeboat and comes into her own for rescues in the surf and shallow water amongst rocks and confined locations’. Dan advises everyone who goes to the coast to check the tide times and keep aware of your situation.


Notes to editors

· It continues to be a busy period for our volunteer crews, between 26 May 2020 and 20 June 2020 our volunteer crews have responded to twelve shouts, resulting in thirteen launches of the charity’s inshore lifeboats.


· Looe RNLI D Class Ollie Naismith heading towards Talland
Photo credit RNLI / Ian Foster

· Looe RNLI D Class Ollie Naismith passing Looe Island
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 Naismit

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Looe RNLI D Class Ollie Naismith passing Looe Island

RNLI/Ian Foster

Looe RNLI D Class Ollie Naismith passing Looe Island

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