Dart RNLI launch to rescue stranded walkers

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew rescued two stranded walkers trapped by an incoming tide in the fading light of yesterday (Thursday 15 April)

Andy Kyle

Dart B Class Norma Ethel Vinnell returns to station with 2 well wrapped up casualties

The two people, a man and a woman, found themselves trapped by the incoming tide and faced retreating up the cliff or calling for assistance. With the air temperature dropping down to 5 degrees they made the right call.

Dart RNLI B class Norma Ethel Vinall and D class Dudley Jane launched at 6.50pm and reached the casualties in 10 minutes. The volunteer crew decided to veer the D class in towards the beach and pluck the casualties to safety one by one. They were then transferred to the B Class and after being given emergency blankets and lifejackets, were brought back to Dartmouth where they were taken back to the lifeboat station to be checked over by the crew before being returned to their vehicle in Strete.

Rich Eggleton, Dart D-Class helm, said that it was a tricky rescue as the north easterly wind had resulted in quite a big surge onto the beach. The technique of veering the boat onto the shore means putting an anchor down and reversing backwards slowly.

The casualties did absolutely the right thing in calling for help.


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