Looe RNLI volunteers assist with the rescue of two persons cut off by the tide
Following two unsuccessful attempts by Looe lifeboat crew to extract the casualties from the cliffs, the casualties were helped to the top of the cliff by the coastguard rope rescue team
Yesterday afternoon, Wednesday 14 October 2020, at 3.08 pm our volunteer crew launched the charity’s D Class inshore lifeboat Ollie Naismith following reports of two persons cut off by the tide between Plaidy and Millendreath.
Arriving on scene the crew located the casualties below Kellow, sitting on the cliff, just above the breaking waves. Our crew attempted extract the casualties by veering down towards the cliff face, but due to rocks in front of the location, a rough four foot swell from the incoming tide and force 3 – 4 south easterly wind, two attempts to reach them were unsuccessful.
After a discussion with the Looe Coastguard Rescue team, who were on scene at Millendreath, a decision was made to extract the casualties with a technical cliff rope rescue from the cliff top. Our crew were requested to stand by offshore to provide location information and safety cover for the rope rescue teams. Assisted by Polruan coastguard rescue team members the rope rescue team safely extracted the casualties taking them up the cliff.
Our crew were then stood down and returned to station.
Boat crew Brian Bowdler (helm) Toby Bray and Victoria Thomas
Shore crew Paul Barley ( head launcher ) Eric Candy and Simon Rawe ( tractor drivers ) Jack Spree and Nathaniel Rothwell
Notes to editors
Veering down is a manoeuvre used during rough conditions. By setting an anchor the helm can reverse the inshore lifeboat into shallow or rocky areas to get to a casualty.
· Looe RNLI D Class inshore lifeboat Ollie Naismith launching on service
Photo credit RNLI / Ian Foster
· 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
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