Callouts – 2015

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Incident No: Date Time Nature of Call Out Location
01-15 23/01/2015 10:30 Assist Sidmouth Beach Assist with Royal Navy Bomb disposal team to remove an old Gas cylinder from Sidmouth Beach using the Lifeboat’s tractor.
02-15 15/02/2015 17:01 Search Beer Head Launched to aid Beer coastguard teams with a search between Branscombe Mouth and Beer Head after a handbag was found unattended at the top of the cliff. As Sidmouth Lifeboat completed it’s search a Beer coastguard team located the casualties with the assistance of police at Seaton Hole. Returned to station at 17:44.
03-15 10/03/2015 18:19 Assist Beer Head Paged by Solent coastguard to a person spotted on the cliff top of Beer Head, the person in question turned out to be completing some form of base jumping and we were stood down prior to launch. A false alarm with good intent.
04-15 18/04/2015 08:10 Assist Sidmouth Beach Crew members were made aware of a member of the public whose dog had unfortunately gone over the cliff top of Salcombe Hill. The crew were able to use a tandem kayak to assist the owner in recovering the body of the dog and recover it to Sidmouth Beach.
05-15 19/05/2015 07:11 Search Beer Sidmouth Lifeboat paged by Solent Coastguard to search between Beer and Seaton for a missing person. Once on scene Sidmouth Lifeboat worked alongside Beer and Sidmouth Coastguard teams to thoroughly search the area for the missing person. The search was extended to Culverhole Point however, after a thorough search of this area did not yield any results, Sidmouth Lifeboat and the Coastguard teams were stood down by Solent Coastguard and returned to their stations at 9:30am whilst Police enquiries continue. The person was located later that day, safe and well.
06-15 22/05/2015 16:01 Assist Exmouth Lifeboat launched on service to casualty in the water towards Exmouth area, stood down on launch by Solent Coastguard as Rescue Helicopter 106 was able to locate and assist the casualty alongside Exmouth RNLI.
07-15 09/06/2015 13:20 Search Ladram Bay Sidmouth Lifeboat was launched to search for two persons who had departed Ladram Bay on an inflatable kayak a earlier that day and had not made it to their final destination point by the agreed time. The Lifeboat proceeded towards Ladram completing a close inshore search along the way, the kayakers were located on the isolated beach at Sandy Cove, between Ladram and Sidmouth, and a crewman was put ashore to assess the situation. The persons were both safe and well and were given advice by the crewman on how to exit their location safely in the worsening conditions after they refused assistance. The Lifeboat stood by until the kayakers had made it safely back to shore at Ladram Bay before standing down.
08-15 05/07/2015 16:30 Assist Sidmouth Sidmouth Lifeboat’s new Launch Vehicle was in action today for it’s first callout. The crew were paged by Solent Coastguard to respond to a windsurfer 1/4 miles off Sidmouth who was in difficulty with insufficient wind to make it to shore. One of the Lifeboat crew who was surfing in the area at the time was able to paddle out to the windsurfer and made sure he was comfortable in his self recovery. The crew proceeded to the launch site as the windsurfer was swimming alongside his board to shore, they stood by until he made it safely to shore.
09-15 12/07/2015 13:00 Assist Sidmouth Sidmouth Lifeboat was tasked to assist several people who had become stranded on the Eastern beach due to the rising tide. They were making their way back to safety and the Lifeboat was placed on the beach ready to launch if required. The persons made it safely to the seafront area and were given a safety brief for future reference.
10-15 18/07/2015 16:20 Assist Weston Mouth Sidmouth Lifeboat launched by Solent Coastguard to assist the Devon Air Ambulance with the recovery of an unconscious casualty at Weston Mouth. Lifeboat arrived on scene and put a crewman ashore to assess the situation and liaise with the Air Ambulance crew. The casualty was conscious and talking upon arrival, in the excellent care of the Air Ambulance, and the Lifeboat stayed on scene until the Air Ambulance had extracted the casualty from the area.
11-15 19/07/2015 14:30 Assist Littlecombe Shoot Tasked to assist Beer and Sidmouth Coastguard teams, to a casualty with back injuries, with a casualty extraction from the coastal path at Littlecombe Shoot. The Lifeboat put two crew ashore, one a of whom is a paramedic, to assess the situation. 104 Rescue Helicopter was tasked by Solent Coastguard and once the Coastguard and Lifeboat teams had got the casualty onto the stretcher he was winched up into the helicopter for a transfer to hospital.
12-15 29/07/2015 14:45 Assist Sidmouth Sidmouth Lifeboat launched to a kayak towing a small dinghy towards Weston Mouth in an offshore wind. Lifeboat located the vessels and made sure they were safe, well and reached their destination. A safety brief was given to all of those onboard to ensure their safety on their return leg.
13-15 27/09/2015 15:05 Rescue Sidmouth Lifeboat launched to a swimmer in difficulty off Sidmouth Beach. Lifeboat proceeded to launch site where the casualty had been recovered to the beach by another swimmer. Lifeboat crew provided first aid treatment to the casualty and recovered the life buoy used in the rescue before standing down.
14-15 31/12/2015 15:40 Search Sidmouth Sidmouth lifeboat was launched to search for a missing bodyboarder, last seen 30 minutes before being tasked and had been heading east from the beach at the eastern end of Sidmouth seafront.
The lifeboat launched and searched, close inshore, between Sidmouth Beach and Salcombe mouth with nothing found. The attending coastguard teams from Sidmouth and Beer were able, following conversations with a number of them to identify which had been spotted and were able to account for everyone. The Lifeboat and Search & Rescue helicopter 106 completed a final search of the area and were stood down at 16:45.
A special mention to the crewman whose birthday it was.

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