Three shouts in three days for Looe RNLI volunteers

Lifeboats News Release

It has been a busy few days for Looe RNLI volunteer crews, who have responded to early evening shouts over the last three days. The charity’s inshore lifeboats were launched to conduct a shoreline search, investigate a kayak reported to be drifting and rescue two persons cut off by the tide

Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II returning to station on Friday 16 April 2021

RNLI/Ian Foster

Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II returning to station on Friday 16 April 2021

On Thursday evening, 15 April 2021, Falmouth Coastguard Operations Centre requested our RNLI volunteer crews to assist with a shoreline search from Looe towards Seaton. Both inshore lifeboats were launched around 8 pm but were stood down shortly afterwards.

During the following evening, Friday 16 April 2021, Falmouth Coastguards received a call from a member of the public reporting a kayak in difficulties, drifting in the Looe bay. Within eight minutes of the pager sounding at 6.51 pm our volunteer crew launched the charity’s Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II. Our crew could not find anybody in distress, after discussion with the coastguard the call was treated as a false alarm with good intent, and the inshore lifeboat was stood down to return to station at 19.15.

Yesterday evening, Saturday 17 April 2021, Falmouth Coastguards received a 999 call from two people who were cut off by the tide between Tregantle and Freathy beaches. Shortly before 7pm our volunteer crews launched the D Class inshore lifeboat Ollie Naismith closely followed by the Atlantic 85. The faster Atlantic 85 arrived on scene first and after a short search along the coastline East from Tregantle located the casualties. Confirming both were uninjured the Atlantic 85 stood by offshore whilst the D Class made its way into the cove to pick up the two people. With the casualties safely onboard the D Class, they were taken back to Tregantle beach where Tamar and Plymouth Coastguard rescue teams were waiting. Our lifeboats were then stood down and returned to station.

Dave Haines, Looe RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager says ‘walking along the beach the people realised the tide was coming in and had cut off their exit from the cove. This weekend’s high tides are in the early evening and if you are planning a walk after tea this is a timely reminder to always check the tide times and keep aware of your surroundings, as this incident happened two hours before high tide.

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Notes to editors

Photos:

· Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II returning to station on Friday 16 April 2021
Photo credit RNLI / Ian Foster

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

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

· Looe RNLI have recently launched the Looe Lifeboat Appeal – Ollie Naismith II to raise £78,000 for a replacement D Class inshore lifeboat Ollie Naismith II
www.justgiving.com/fundraising/looe-lifeboat-appeal

· 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 Ollie Naismith leaving Looe

RNLI/Ian Foster

Stock image Looe RNLI D Class Ollie Naismith leaving Looe

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