Two shouts in quick succession for Looe RNLI volunteer crews
A busy 90 minutes for Looe RNLI volunteer crews launching on two shouts to persons reported to be in difficulties
Within five minutes of pagers sounding at 4.07 pm yesterday afternoon, Sunday 8 August 2021, Looe RNLI volunteer crew were launching the charity’s D Class inshore lifeboat Ollie Naismith. Falmouth Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) had received a 999 call reporting four persons on two blue kayaks having difficulties getting back to shore between Plaidy and Millendreath. Quickly arriving on scene our crew, Dave Jackman (helm) Clive Palfrey and Matt Jaycock, found the group who had made their own way onto Plaidy beach. After one of the crew went ashore to check they were uninjured, the D Class inshore lifeboat was stood down and returned to station.
Our volunteer crew were just about to leave the lifeboat station, after washing down and refuelling the D Class, when their pagers sounded again. This time, the immediate launch of the charity’s Atlantic 85 was requested to assist two persons on paddleboards or kayaks reported to be in difficulties to the west of Talland bay. Dave, Clive and Matt with a fourth crew member, Goron Jones prepared the Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II for launch. At 4.56 pm the Atlantic 85 left Looe and headed west to Talland bay. Arriving on scene our crew found two persons on kayaks fishing. They were not in any difficulties and said they did not need any assistance. After Falmouth MRCC confirmed with the first informant that the lifeboat was with the group they thought were in difficulty, our inshore lifeboat boat was stood down and returned to station.
Our volunteer crew said that the gusting offshore wind was a factor with both of these shouts. From the shore both groups looking like they were struggling to make any headway in the off shore winds and the informants did the right thing reporting their concerns to the coastguard. Lifeboat crews would prefer to launch and find everything is OK rather than learn later that someone was in difficulty and needed assistance.
Deputy launch authority, Brian Bowdler, was head launcher with tractor driver Simon Rawe. Several more of our crew, who also responded to the pager, acted as shore crew during the launch and recovery of our inshore lifeboats on these two shouts.
Notes to editors
· Looe RNLI D Class Ollie Naismith returning to station after the first shout yesterday, Sunday 8 August 2021
Photo credit RNLI / Ian Foster
· Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II returning to station after the second shout yesterday, Sunday 8 August 2021
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
· Looe RNLI have launched the Looe Lifeboat Appeal – Ollie Naismith II to raise £78,000 for a replacement D Class inshore lifeboat
Ollie Naismith II
· RNLI safety advice for yacht sailing and motorboating can be found at
· For further information on Looe RNLI Lifeboats please visit our website www.looelifeboats.co.uk
· Looe RNLI Facebook page www.facebook.com/LooeRNLI
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