Plymouth RNLI rescue a person after they had fallen into the cold water.

Lifeboats News Release

Person saved by Plymouth RNLI volunteers.

Josh, James & Cam ILB

RNLI/John Baldry

Plymouth ILB crew

Thursday 15th December 6:50pm. Our volunteer crew launched both of the charity’s Lifeboat’s following reports of someone shouting for help. The cry’s for help made by a lone female who had got in to difficulty in the Firestone Bay area were heard by multiple members of the public who dialled 999 and asked for the Coastguard.


Helm of the Inshore Lifeboat Cameron Hicks located the female between some large rocks and manoeuvred the Inshore Lifeboat as close as he safely could. Our Casualty Care crew members Abby and Josh went ashore to assist the casualty. The casualty was treated for cold water shock on scene and taken on board the Inshore Lifeboat back to the Plymouth Lifeboat Station.

Casualty handed over to South West Ambulance Service to be fully checked over.


Plymouth RNLI, Devon & Cornwall Police, Southwest ambulance service, Plymouth Coastguard Rescue Team and a passing vessel Edgcumbe Bell who was first on scene assisted in the search. Also thank you to Long Room Port Control for assisting tonight.


Around 140 people die by accident in UK and Irish coastal waters each year. Half of these people never intended to enter the water.

Float to live. If you find yourself in the water unexpectedly, fight your instincts and float until the effects of cold water shock pass.


If you see someone else in trouble at the coast, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.

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Be wary of all edges around the sea and waterside.

Take a means of calling for help.

Check the weather and tide times.


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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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