Callouts – 2014

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Incident No: Date Time Nature of Call Out Location
01-14 25-01-14 14:58 Rescue Branscombe Beach Sidmouth Lifeboat crew were tasked to reports of a person in distress in the water who had become detached from their kayak. Sidmouth Lifeboat crew were stood down prior to launch as the person has made it to shore, Beer Coastguard team working alongside the Portland Rescue helicopter 106 were then able to ensure the wellbeing of the casualty who had suffered no significant injuries requiring attention.
02-14 16-02-14 09:15 Assist Seaton Hole Whilst out on routine training Sidmouth Lifeboat was asked by Portland Coastguard to assist in the recovery of a partially submerged vessel, spotted just minutes before by a local working vessel roughly 2 miles off Culverhole Point. Sidmouth Lifeboat contacted the local vessel and identified the vessel to be a 7 foot tender which, upon the request of the coastguard, was then towed into the beach for later collection.
03-14 23-02-14 18:45 Assist Seaton Beach At the request of Portland coastguard a team from Sidmouth Lifeboat attended Seaton Beach, where a container had washed ashore and needed to be emptied of 3,000 boxes ahead of the rising tide. The container is believed to be one of several washed off of a ship in the South West Approaches during recent storms. The crew assisted coastguard teams from across the disctrict (who had been working throughout the day) completing the task and returning to Sidmouth at 21:30.
04-14 12-03-14 17:33 Recovery Otterton Ledge Sidmouth Lifeboat was tasked to reports of a dog reportedly having gone over the top of a cliff near the mouth of the river Otter. Sidmouth Lifeboat performed a close inshore search, with the assistance of Exmouth Coastguard from the cliff top and with a Lifeboat crewman ashore were able to identify the body of a young dog at the foot of the cliff. The dog was taken to the boat and returned to the Lifeboat station to await collection from the owners. Our thoughts are with them at this time.
05-14 07-04-14 13:00 Search Ladram Bay to Axemouth Sidmouth Lifeboat was tasked to search for a missing 59 year old man following discovery of his boat washed up at West Bay. Lyme Regis lifeboat, Exmouth ALB and ILB as well as Coastguard helo 106 were all involved in the search. Search completed with nothing found and the Lifeboat was stood down at 14:00, sadly the deceased was found shortly afterwards at West Bay. Our thoughts are with his friends and family.
06-14 16-04-14 16:05 Search Beer beach Sidmouth Lifeboat was tasked to reports of two people in difficulty in the water after being cut off by the tide between Beer and Seaton. On arrival Sidmouth Lifeboat worked with coastguard helicopter 106 and both Beer and Sidmouth coastguard teams to search the area, nothing was found after several searches and everyone involved was confident that there were no persons in trouble in the area. All units were stood down and returned to their stations.
07-14 23-04-14 10:30 Recovery Salcombe mouth Sidmouth Lifeboat was tasked by Portland Coastguard to assist with the search for a missing person. Alongside the well drilled teams of Beer and Sidmouth Coastguard and Portland coastguard helicopter 106, Sidmouth Lifeboat searched from Sidmouth Beach to Littlecombe shoot and returned no results. On arrival on the scene, Rescue 106 having completed their own search with their aerial vantage point were able to locate the deceased casualty at the foot of Salcombe hill. They were then able to guide Sidmouth Lifeboat to the scene and, after deploying two Lifeboat crew to the shore they were able to recover the deceased through the building surf to the Lifeboat and then return to station where the paramedics and police were waiting. The family have been informed and our thoughts are with them all at this difficult time.
08-14 11-05-14 11:40 Assist Sidmouth Whilst out on a routine training exercise, Sidmouth Lifeboat were alerted to a tandem kayak crew who had found themselves in difficulty on the seaward side of the rock islands. The kayak had capsized and it’s crew were struggling, due to the conditions, to get back on board and were nearing exhaustion. The Lifeboat then took them aboard and assessed them, they were found to be fit and well. The crew and the kayak were then both recovered to the beach.
09-14 29-06-14 11:35 Assist Sidmouth Tasked, along with Exmouth Lifeboat and Rescue 106 Helicopter to a Mayday from a 12m fishing vessel taking on water. On arrival the skipper of the vessel confirmed they had cleared the water and resolved the issue. Sidmouth Lifeboat remained on-scence until the arrival of Exmouth Lifeboat and Rescue 106. As the skipper of the vessel was content and happy to carry on fishing, all Emergency Services were stood down.
10-14 17-07-14 14:00 Assist Sidmouth While about to launch the new “Sidmouth 2” Searider RIB for her maiden training exercise, a member of the public alerted Sidmouth Lifeboat crew to a small fishing boat, 200m off of Sidmouth, which was possibly having engine trouble. “Sidmouth 2” had arrived on station earlier that day, following a fundraising Tour of Britain cycle ride by several members of the crew which also raised awareness of other Independent (non-RNLI) Stations. She was launched and was able to quickly ascertain that the fishing boat in question was in fact not in trouble. She then continued her training exercise.
11-14 20-07-14 13:29 Assist Sidmouth Tasked to a 3m Rigid Inflatable (RIB) vessel with 2 persons onboard, broken down 0.5 miles off of Salcombe Mouth. Casualty vessel taken in tow, and returned to Clifton Beach, Sidmouth, safe and well.
12-14 29-07-14 19:04 Assist Budleigh During routine training Sidmouth Lifeboat was tasked to a report of a Windsurfer believed to be in difficulty around the DZ Buoys off Budleigh Beach. Sidmouth Lifeboat arrived on scene and established that the Windsurfer was not in any difficulty and was happy to continue.
13-14 12-08-14 23:30 Search Seaton Hole Sidmouth Lifeboat was tasked to a report of a white light spotted at sea level between Kings Aisle Rock and Seaton Hole. Beer coastguard teams were already on scene having been tasked to investigate the light. Sidmouth Lifeboat arrived on scene and commenced a number of close inshore searches of the area between Beer Beach and Seaton Hole. A passing Fisherman approached Beer Coastguard to confirm he had been at the location and it was established that his was the light that had been spotted. All units were then stood down and returned to station.
14-14 28-09-14 10:12 Search Sidmouth During routine training Sidmouth Lifeboat was tasked to assist Beer Coastguard team in the search for a person following the discovery of a pile of clothes on the beach that morning. Sidmouth Lifeboat and the new Sidmouth 2 carried out a close inshore search along Sidmouth beach and beyond. Nothing was found and all units were stood down.
15-14 07-10-14 16:39 Rescue Otterton Ledge Lifeboat launched to the assistance of a father and son in trouble while kayaking in quickly deteriorating sea conditions at Budleigh Salterton. It quickly became apparent that the son had made Budleigh Beach safely, but the adult was out of the kayak and being carried over the rocks at Otterton Ledge. Casualty spotted by the lifeboat crew and brought aboard the lifeboat safe and well. He was then taken to Budleigh Beach and handed over to Exmouth Coastguard who were waiting ashore.
16-14 11-10-14 11:39 Assist Salcombe mouth Tasked to 5 persons cut off by tide on the beach underneath Salcombe hill. The 5 persons were located between the recent rock falls and advised to be taken aboard the lifeboat and returned to Sidmouth due to the danger of their position but chose instead to walk back along the beach. The lifeboat crew gave them a safety briefing and supervised them, from the boat, until they made it back to the seafront.
17-14 17-10-14 11:52 Search Seaton Bay Tasked to a search for the crew of a 25ft yacht which had run aground East of Axmouth Harbour. No crew were on board although there were clothes and food supplies, the yacht was last seen near Teignmouth have previous evening. Sidmouth Lifeboat worked alongside Lyme Regis lifeboat, Portland Rescue helicopter 106 and Lyme, Beer and Sidmouth Coastguard teams, as well as Police, to conduct thorough searches of the shorelines and seas between Lyme Regis and Exmouth. Aside from a sailing jacket, which was found near the scene and recovered from the water, nothing else of significance had been seen by any team. After several hours of searching all areas the search was suspended until further investigation has taken place.

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