Plymouth RNLI launch on service

Lifeboats News Release

The charity's Plymouth All Weather Lifeboat launch to a vessel suffering engine failure.

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RNLI/John Baldry

Volunteers from Plymouth RNLI launched the All Weather Lifeboat Sybil Mullen Glover after a 16ft vessel with two people on board reported engine trouble and unsure of their exact location.

The All Weather lifeboat crew located the casualty vessel west of the Eddystone Lighthouse and established a tow back to Plymouth.

The two people on board used a VHF radio to contact Falmouth Coastguard and requested assistance.

All weather lifeboat and crew returned to station 9:48pm

The RNLI has seen a number of water rescues around the coast and therefore urges all who are using the water to make sure they understand the risks and follow safety advice:
  • Take care near cliffs - know your route and your limitations
  • Have a plan - check the weather forecast and tide times
  • If you fall into the water unexpectedly, FLOAT TO LIVE. Fight your instinct to thrash around, lean back, extend your arms and legs, and Float
  • If individuals are choosing to go sailing or yachting it is important to ensure that equipment is properly checked and serviceable before going afloat.

  • In any coastal emergency dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.

RNLI/Cameron Hicks

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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.

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