Rapid turnaround for Teignmouth RNLI following two shouts in quick succession

Saturday 4 December was a busy day for Teignmouth RNLI with just 12 minutes between the crew returning from their first shout until the pagers sounded again.

Teignmouth lifeboat at sea


The crew first responded at 11:16am following a report of two overdue divers, four crew launched The Two Annes, the Teignmouth RNLI’s Atlantic 85 class lifeboat and set off to the area of the divers last known location.

Fortunately, on route to the location it was reported that the divers had been located and picked up safely by their dive boat, the crew were subsequently stood down and returned to the boat house.

Shortly after recovery of the lifeboat to the boathouse where the lifeboat was being prepared to be washed down, checked over and refuelled, the pagers sounded again. The crew had yet to change, having only been back on dry land for just over 10 minutes, meaning they were able to respond immediately to the call from Solent Coastguard.

The crew were swiftly launched and headed to provide assistance to an incident unfolding on a local beach. Their assistance was fortunately not required and were again stood down to return to the boat house. Upon arrival at the boathouse the lifeboat was refuelled and ready for service again at 1:00pm.

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