Couple have a lucky escape as Plymouth RNLI volunteers arrive just in time

Lifeboats News Release

A speed boat with two persons on board was just meters away from running aground after suffering engine failure at Blackstone Ledge ( Wembury Bay )

RNLI/John Baldry

The owner of the 17ft speed boat dialled 999 with his mobile phone and asked for the Coastguard.

As the pagers went off at 9:44pm the volunteers from Plymouth RNLI launched the inshore lifeboat Annabel E Jones and headed for Wembury Bay. The casualty vessel was found by the inshore lifeboat crew just meters away from the Blackstone Ledge in Wembury Bay. The volunteer crew established a tow with the vessel and proceeded back to Plymouth where Plymouth Coastguard Rescue Team awaited to give safety advice.

The two casualties reported no symptoms of COVID-19.

This is the third rescue the Plymouth RNLI has launched to over the weekend after the lockdown restrictions have been eased and therefore urges all who are using the water to make sure they understand the risks and follow safety advice:

  • In any coastal emergency dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.
  • If boating, ensure your equipment is functioning and maintained
  • 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

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Thank you to everyone for you continued support of the RNLI

John Baldry

Plymouth Lifeboat Press Officer

[email protected]


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