Will you be behind Looe’s new lifeboat?

Volunteers in Looe need a new lifeboat, which will save lives and reunite families in south Cornwall for years to come.

Looe’s current D class lifeboat, Ollie Naismith, is one the whole town stands behind. It was funded and named in honour of a much-loved local lad, who died in a car accident in 2009, aged just 19. In over a decade’s service, the Ollie Naismith rescued more than 140 people. We know Ollie would be proud.

This small but tough inflatable lifeboat has earned its retirement – it’s time for it to be replaced. But we won’t lose Ollie’s memory. The new lifeboat, with brand-new equipment to ensure reliability in a crisis, will be called Ollie Naismith II. You can help fund the new lifeboat that will keep locals and visitors safe, while also remembering the young man who touched so many lives and hearts around Looe.

Looe's Dclass lifeboat out to sea with the crew

Photo: Ian Foster

Looe’s D class lifeboat, Ollie Naismith, has faced harsh seas for over 10 years. We need your help to fund a new lifeboat for Looe.

Why we need you onboard

Looe is a popular destination for holidaymakers. And in 2021 we’re expecting a lot of visitors as people choose getaways within the UK rather than risking booking a trip abroad. The coast is growing busier, and we need to be ready to save every one who might get into danger on, in or by the water.

Meanwhile, local people have also been discovering the outdoors. Coastal walks and paddleboard trips have been the closest thing to freedom we’ve had in the past year. That’s wonderful – we want people to enjoy our beautiful coast. And Looe lifeboat crew take great pride in being there when they’re needed. When a surfer is swept out to sea, when an angler slips into the water … or when a young man is injured in an accident, just like Ollie Naismith was 10 years earlier.

Local lad Louis Webber was out on the clifftop with friends. He fell to the rocks below, sustaining extremely serious injuries, including a fractured skull, broken vertebrae and bleeding on the brain. The tide was rising, and the crew of the Ollie Naismith had to get him out of there quickly, but extremely carefully. Today, Louis is making a remarkable recovery, and his family are so grateful the lifeboat was there.

The RNLI is a charity and relies on donations from a kind-hearted public to keep running this lifesaving service. With your support, the new lifeboat Ollie Naismith II will save lives like Louis’s for years to come.

What your kindness will provide

The D class is the smallest lifeboat in the RNLI’s fleet – and this makes it ideal for tricky rescues close to the shore. It can reach places larger boats can’t – places like the rocky shore where Louis fell.

Looe’s current D class lifeboat has been on duty for more than a decade, and it has never let its crew down. But the sea is a harsh environment, and a certain amount of wear and tear is inevitable. 

A new lifeboat, kitted out with the latest lifesaving equipment, is something your local volunteers in Looe will be able to rely on in an emergency. When every second counts, it’ll get them there on time to save a live, and then get them home safe to their own families.

Can they count on you, too?