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04/12/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 04/12/2019 09:27

Ilfracombe RNLI lifeboats launched to report of four people cut off by tide

Lifeboats News Release

Friday 12 April 2019

The Ilfracombe RNLI all-weather Shannon class lifeboat and D Class inshore lifeboat were launched on Thursday 11 April 2019 following reports that four people were cut off by rising tides at Combe Martin.

The Ilfracombe volunteer lifeboat crews had just completed their Thursday night training exercise when a request was received from Falmouth coastguard at 8.14 p.m. to investigate a report that four people had been seen cut off by the rising tide on rocks at Combe Martin.

The Ilfracombe Shannon class lifeboat The Barry and Peggy High Foundation was already in the water following the exercise and so immediately set off for Combe Martin. The Ilfracombe D Class inshore lifeboat The Deborah Brown II which had already been recovered back into the boathouse was promptly launched at 8.17 p.m. also made its way quickly along the coast. Conditions were good with a slight swell and light winds however, it was getting dark and the tide was rising.

On arriving at Combe Martin however, it was found that the four people were fisherman who were standing on the rocks. The lifeboat crew made sure the fishermen were not in any danger and then returned to the station and both lifeboats were recovered back into the boathouse by 8.40 p.m.

Carl Perrin, Volunteer Coxswain for Ilfracombe RNLI lifeboat says 'the member of the public who called the coastguard did the right thing in raising the alarm. In this instance it was a false alarm with good intent as the fisherman were not in danger, however it is better to be safe than sorry. We are always happy to be called out when people believe that lives may be in danger as our principal concern is to make sure that people are safe. If anyone does see someone they believe may be in danger then they should dial 999 and ask for the coastguard'.

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridgeand Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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