Two children and one adult rescued by Plymouth RNLI after their dinghy capsized

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The volunteer crew rushed to launch the charity’s Inshore Lifeboat

RNLI/John Baldry

Launch #36


Thursday 28th May 6:40pm Launch #36

Two children and one adult rescued by Plymouth RNLI after their dinghy capsized and left them stranded on Plymouth Breakwater.

The volunteer crew rushed to launch the charity’s Inshore Lifeboat (Annabel E Jones) after the pagers sounded and reports came through that two children was in the water.

The charity’s Atlantic 85 with its top speed of 35 knots reached the Western side of Plymouth Breakwater within minutes of launching and located the three casualty’s sat on the Breakwater slightly cold and wet. Their dinghy had filled with water and needed bailing out before the crew could established a tow back to Oreston slip way .

Thankfully all three had lifejackets on and used their mobile phone to call 999 and ask for the coastguard.

If you get into trouble call 999 and ask for the Coastguard and we will come to your aid. But coronavirus hasn’t gone away, and we all need to follow the rules. Remember your choices might put people, including yourself and frontline responders, at risk. Take extra care in these extraordinary times.

After the lockdown restrictions have been eased the RNLI 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.

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RNLI/John Baldry

Plymouth ILB returning to station

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