Bank Holiday monday shout for Appledore RNLI
At 8.36 pm, 25 May, bank holiday Monday, the emergency pagers went off calling the volunteer lifeboat crew to the station to launch the inshore lifeboat, Glanely.
The shout was as a result of a member of the public alerting Falmouth Coastguard that there was a bicycle on the shore below the cliffs at Abbotsham. The local coastguards and Appledore lifeboat crew searched around the cliffs and along the coast for a person who may have gone over the cliffs on the bike, but no one was found. One of the lifeboat crew swam ashore to investigate the bike and it appeared that it may have been dumped there a couple of days before hand. The bike was then hidden from view and made safe. The local coastguards and lifeboat crew were stood down, Appledore Lifeboat returning to station around ten in the evening.
The moral is, if you want to dispose of an old bike, please take it to the recycling centre which is now open. Please do not throw it over a cliff, resulting in a multiagency search and rescue.
If you think someone may be in danger on the coast or the water please phone 999 and ask for the Coastguard. We would much prefer to be called out to a false alarm with good intent, than not to be called when someone’s life may be in danger.
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.