Ilfracombe RNLI launches to 5 people cut off by tide

Lifeboats News Release

The RNLI Ilfracombe D class inshore lifeboat was launched at 1.55 p.m. on Sunday 6 June following a report of 5 people cut off by tide and in the water between Wildersmouth and Tunnels Beaches, Ilfracombe.

D class lifeboat with crew at sea


The Ilfracombe D class lifeboat Deborah Brown III (library image)

The volunteer crew were on scene just a few minutes later and found that the 5 people had managed to make their way safely ashore. The crew spoke to the people and checked they were okay before returning to station.

RNLI Volunteer Helm Stuart Carpenter says, ’on this occasion the assistance of the lifeboat was not required, however the person who raised the alarm did the right thing. The crew would much prefer to be called out to a genuine call made with good intent, where it turns out that help is not needed, than not to be called when help is required.’

If you see anyone who appears to be in danger on or by the sea, please phone 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

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