Two shouts in quick succession for Looe RNLI volunteer crews

Lifeboats News Release

Shortly after rescuing 5 persons and a dog from a boat run aground on rocks Looe RNLI volunteer crews launched again to go to the assistance of a 26’ yacht

Recent launch of Looe RNLI D Class Ollie Naismith

RNLI/Ian Foster

Recent launch of Looe RNLI D Class Ollie Naismith

Yesterday afternoon, Thursday 22 July 2021, a 20’ boat with five persons and a dog onboard ran aground on the Limmicks rocks. One of our former crew, Ben Crabb, saw the incident unfold and alerted our Lifeboat Operations Manager and the coastguards. Crew pagers sounded at 4.18 pm and shortly afterwards the charity’s D Class inshore lifeboat Ollie Naismith was launched. A minute later our Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II launched carrying a salvage pump. Our crews quickly arrived on scene and one crew member from the D Class waded over the rocks to assess the situation. The casualties were transferred onto the D Class lifeboat and taken back to the Lifeboat Station where they were checked over. Our crew on the Atlantic 85 remained on scene to recover the boat. The pump was not needed as the hull appeared to be watertight so our crew moved the boat off the rocks and towed it back to the slipway on West Looe Quay where it can be checked for damage at low tide.

Returning to the lifeboat station our crews had just left the station after washing down and refuelling the lifeboats when their pagers sounded again at 6.31 pm. Within five minutes our Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II launched again, this time to assess and assist 2 persons onboard a 26’ yacht, which was on passage from Falmouth to Plymouth and failing to make any headway south of Looe Island. Arriving on scene our two of the crew went onboard the yacht to check the casualties. The crew remained onboard whilst the Atlantic 85 escorted the yacht to the visitor mooring on West Looe quayside. After returning to the station and washing down the Atlantic 85 our crew left the lifeboat station around 8 pm.

Commenting on the first shout, our volunteer crew praised the versatility of the D Class Ollie Naismith, and the inshore lifeboat’s importance to rescues in our area. With the D Class’s shallow draft, we were able to get close to the casualty vessel and transfer the casualties quickly and safely into the lifeboat. With the Ollie Naismith coming to the end of its operation life we are asking the community to help us bring the Ollie Naismith II to Looe by supporting our Lifeboat Appeal. Donations can be made through our justgiving pages

Dave Haines, our Lifeboat Operations Manager, says you can easily get caught out sailing on long trips. It pays to be prepared for any eventuality and offers these safety tips

  • Always wear an appropriate lifejacket.
  • Always carry a means of calling and signalling for help.
  • Ensure there is an emergency action plan in place and everybody has an onboard briefing
  • Get the right level of training for your craft.
  • Always check the weather and tide times.
  • Make sure someone ashore knows where you are going and who to call if you don't return on time.


Notes to editors


· Recent launch of Looe RNLI D Class Ollie Naismith
Photo credit RNLI / Ian Foster

· Recent launch of Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II
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 recently 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

· Looe RNLI Facebook page

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For more information please telephone

Ian Foster, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer for Looe Lifeboat Station, on 07902 753228 or [email protected] or [email protected]

or Amy Caldwell, RNLI Regional Media Manager, on 07920 818807 or [email protected]

or Emma Haines, RNLI Regional Media Officer, on 07786 668847 or [email protected]

Alternatively you can contact the RNLI Duty Press Officer on 01202 336789
Recent launch of Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II

RNLI/Ian Foster

Recent launch of Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II

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