Looe RNLI volunteers launch to assist a fishing boat taking in water

Lifeboats News Release

Looe RNLI volunteers launched both inshore lifeboats yesterday evening, to assist a 23 foot fishing boat taking on water. With the water ingress under control the fishing boat was towed into Looe by the crew on the Atlantic 85

Stock image Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Sheila and Dennis Tongue II

RNLI/Ian Foster

Stock image Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Sheila and Dennis Tongue II

Yesterday evening, Wednesday 4 November 2020, our RNLI volunteer crew pagers sounded at 4.59 pm after Falmouth coastguard operations centre received a distress call over VHF radio, from two persons on board a 23 foot fishing boat, taking in water, approximately 1 nautical mile south east of Downderry. Within nine minutes the charity’s Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II was launched, quickly followed by the D Class inshore lifeboat Ollie Naismith. Carrying salvage pumps, both lifeboats headed across Looe bay towards the casualty vessel. Two Looe fishing charter boats Swallow II and Sowenna who were in the Whitsand bay area responded to the call and made their way towards the casualty vessel. Plymouth Lifeboat Station’s Severn class all-weather lifeboat Sybil Mullen Glover was also launched carrying additional pumps.

First to arrive on scene was the Swallow II, skippered by Murray Collings, who found the two persons on board uninjured and the boat’s pumps were coping with the ingress of water. A tow was established, and the Swallow II headed for Looe, with Dan Margetts, a Looe RNLI volunteer helm, on the Sowenna standing by alongside. Shortly afterwards Looe RNLI’s Atlantic 85 arrived on scene to take over the tow, releasing both charter boats to make their way back to Looe. Plymouth’s all-weather lifeboat which had just passed Rame Head was stood down to return to station after our crew confirmed the casualty vessel’s pumps were still coping with the water ingress.

The casualty vessel was towed to a mooring on West Looe quayside for repairs and the inshore lifeboats returned to station where they were washed down and refuelled ready for service by 7 pm

Crew Atlantic 85 Toby Bray (Helm ), Matt Jaycock, Aaron Rix, Victoria Thomas

Crew D Class Dave Jackman (Helm), Clive Palfrey, Goron Jones

Shore crew Nick Pope, Paul Barley, Eric Candy, Del Palfrey

Weather Partial cloud with good visibility, light NE force 2 wind, calm seas and an incoming tide

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Notes to editors

No photos from this incident are available.

This was the first Shout for Plymouth Lifeboat Station’s newly passed out Mechanic/Coxswain Simon Jeffery.

Photos:

· Stock image Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Sheila and Dennis Tongue II
Photo credit RNLI / Ian Foster

· Stock image Looe RNLI D Class inshore lifeboat Ollie Naismith
Photo credit RNLI / Ian Foster

· Stock image Plymouth RNLI Severn class all-weather lifeboat Sybil Mullen Glover
Photo credit RNLI / John Baldry

Information

· 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 Naismith

· For further information on Looe RNLI Lifeboats please visit our website www.looelifeboats.co.uk

· Looe RNLI Facebook page www.facebook.com/LooeRNLI

RNLI media contacts

For more information please telephone

Ian Foster, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer for Looe Lifeboat Station, on 07902 753228 or looelpo@ianfoster.com or ian_foster@rnli.org.uk

or Amy Caldwell, RNLI Regional Media Manager, on 07920 818807 or amy_caldwell@rnli.org.uk

or Marianne Quinn, RNLI Regional Media Officer, on 07786 668847 or marianne_quinn@rnli.org.uk

Alternatively you can contact the RNLI Duty Press Officer on 01202 336789
Stock image Looe RNLI D Class inshore lifeboat Ollie Naismith

RNLI/Ian Foster

Stock image Looe RNLI D Class inshore lifeboat Ollie Naismith
Stock image Plymouth RNLI Severn class all-weather lifeboat Sybil Mullen Glove

RNLI/John Baldry

Stock image Plymouth RNLI Severn class all-weather lifeboat Sybil Mullen Glove

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