Both Plymouth Lifeboats launched on service for the 4th evening in a row.

Lifeboats News Release

Plymouth RNLI volunteers launch on service

RNLI/Simon Jeffery

Sun Set from the Plymouth All Weather Lifeboat

Plymouth All Weather Lifeboat (Sybil Mullen Glover) and Inshore Lifeboat (Annabel E Jones) launched on service to locate, assess and assist a RHIB reported in difficulty in the vicinity of Rame Head.

Plymouth All Weather Lifeboat, Inshore Lifeboat and Looe Inshore Lifeboat proceeded to Rame Head to search for the casualty vessel with 2 persons reported on board.

Further details on the casualty vessel’s position given to Falmouth Coastguard put them in the vicinity of Saddle Cove 10m east of the initial search area.

Plymouth Inshore Lifeboat followed by the All Weather Lifeboat proceeded to the new search area East of Plymouth.

Looe Inshore Lifeboat Returned to station.

The casualty vessel located ashore with 2 persons safe and well but taken on board the All weather Lifeboat back to Mount Batten Slip in to the care of Plymouth Coastguard.

Casualty vessel taken under tow by the Inshore Lifeboat back to Mount Batten Slip.

Coxswain Simon Jeffery said” We understand the casualty vessel was well equipped but due to the location of the incident the persons on board had no mobile signal. VHF communications with Falmouth Coastguard proved difficult and their Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) malfunctioned. its good to have all this technology but you can’t beat a visual flare in these situations.”

All Weather Lifeboat and Inshore lifeboat returned to station 8:15pm.

As this nice weather we are all enjoying is set to continue in to the weekend please see some safety advice that might help you stay safe.


If you get in to difficulty at sea dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.


If you find yourself in the water unexpectedly, fight your instincts and float until the effects of

cold water shock pass.


Always wear a lifejacket or buoyancy aid, ensure everyone onboard knows how to call for help, get appropriate training, and check your engine and fuel before every trip.


Be wary of all edges around the sea and waterside.


Always take a means of calling for help.

Check the weather and tide times.


Tell someone where you are going and what time you expect to be back.


Know what to do – visit RNLI.org/safety.


Downloading the What Three Words App will help give an exact location to help locate you in an emergency.


https://app.what3words.com/download


RNLI/Cameron Hicks

Sunset from the All Weather Lifeboat

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