Callouts – 2016

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Incident No: Date Time Nature of Call Out Location
01-16 14/02/2016 13:20 Assist Budleigh Beach Sidmouth Lifeboat launched for it’s first callout of the year to a Dog, Monty, who had fallen from the cliff top at Danger Point. Monty was located, fit and well and was assisted by a crew member across the river with assistance from the coastguard team who set up a swimming line. Monty was reunited with his owner and the Lifeboat returned to station.
02-16 19/05/2016 14:40 Assist Sidmouth Sidmouth Lifeboat launched after being paged by HM Coastguard following reports of a kite surfer who had been struggling for some time 1/4 mile off of Sidmouth. Sidmouth 2 was launched and attended the kite surfer who was determined ok and determined to make it to shore unaided. Sidmouth 2 stood by until the kite surfer had eventually recovered.
03-16 18/06/2016 08:00 Assist Seaton Hole Tasked to assist a broken down vessel requiring a tow 2 miles South of Seaton Hole. Up on arrival Sidmouth Lifeboat found the vessel to be already under tow by a local fishing vessel and once established that all on board were ok, were stood down.
04-16 03/07/2016 09:37 Assist Sidmouth Whilst on a routine training exercise Solent Coastguard requested the assistance of Sidmouth Lifeboat to verify whether one of the buoys from the local mussel farm had gone missing. The location of the buoy was attended by the Lifeboat but nothing was found, this was reported to Solent GC and the Lifeboat was then stood down.
05-16 17/07/2016 08:00 Assist Beer Sidmouth lifeboat was tasked at 8am to assist emergency services with an incident on the cliffs at Beer. All was well in the end and after the lifeboat provided safety cover for coast guard the police attained the casualty. Lifeboat remained on the sea after the call out to resume scheduled training.
06-16 22/07/2016 14:30 Assist Budleigh Salterton Tasked to a broken down fishing vessel at anchor close to rocks off Budleigh river mouth. The crew were with them within 22 minutes from moment alarm was raised. They were towed to the river Exe and taken along side up the estuary to marina and placed onto a pontoon. All three casualties were fine and thankful.
07-16 02/08/2016 14:45 Rescue Ladram Bay Sidmouth lifeboat was paged to assist two children who had been cut off by the tide on a rock stack and heavy sea at Ladram Bay. Due to conditions the boat as unable to get alongside the rock stack so it was decided that two crew would swim from the boat to the stack to talk down and recover the children. Once recovered to the boat they were transported to Sidmouth beach where they were taken back to the boathouse and reunited with their family at 15:45.
08-16 07/08/2016 14:39 Rescue Salcombe Mouth Sidmouth Lifeboat paged by HM Coastguard to assist a 6’ dingy, 2 person on board, 0.5 miles south-east of Sidmouth. They had been seen blowing downwind for some time, and were clearly not going to make shore safely. Lifeboat at sea and quickly on scene. Casualties, by now off of Salcombe Mouth, were at first determined to continue trying to make shore without assistance. Once it became clear to them that they would be carried onto rocks before making Salcombe Beach, they were recovered to the lifeboat and dropped safely at Salcombe, wishing to return to Sidmouth via the cliff path. Dingy brought back by the lifeboat.
09-16 08/08/2016 17:14 Rescue Littlecombe Shoot Sidmouth lifeboat was paged by Solent coastguard to a casualty with leg injuries at Littlecombe shoot. Both boats were launched to assist the causally from the beach and recovered her and her mother to the boat. The lifeboat recovered to Sidmouth beach where they were met by the ambulance team who took the causality onwards in their care.
10-16 11/08/2016 12:16 Search & Assist Budleigh Beach Sidmouth lifeboat was tasked to search for a missing dingy with one person believed to be in the water. Both Exmouth Lifeboats were launched as well as the coastguard helicopter. The coastguard helicopter recovered the casualty and the Exmouth ALB recovered the dingy to Budleigh beach with the assistance of the local coastguard teams.
11 & 12-16 15/08/2016 15:10 Search & Assist Sidmouth Beach Sidmouth lifeboat was tasked to 3 persons trapped by tide on the far side of a recent rockfall. Initially there was confusion from first informant over which beach the persons were on. Once the lifeboat identified the persons and the Beer & Sidmouth coastguard teams were able to establish that no further assistance was required as they had climbed back over the rocks. Whilst this was going on, the shore crew on beach dealt with an incident involving 2 male swimmers where one had got into trouble and had been washed dangerously close to the rocks. The shore crew were able to assist the casualty and help him across the rocks to safety.
13-16 16/08/2016 19:55 Assist Beer Head The Sidmouth lifeboat crew were in the station going through their training exercises for the evening when over the VHF they heard Lyme Regis lifeboat being tasked to one job, followed swiftly by another. The lifeboat crew contacted Solent coastguard to offer their assistance and were requested to launch. Lyme Regis Lifeboat station was contacted for the details and the tasking was to assist a fishing vessel which had engine problems at anchor 0.5nm south of Branscombe beach. The lifeboat identified the casualty vessel and set up a tow to recover the vessel to Lyme Regis harbour. Lifeboat recovered at 22:00.
14-16 14/09/2016 15:25 Rescue Seaton Hole Sidmouth lifeboat has just returned from service to a dog ‘Benjee’ who had been separated from his owners at Beer Beach and had been washed onto the beach which is inaccessible due to the tide. With the tide rising Sidmouth Lifeboat worked alongside Sidmouth and Beer Coastguard rescue teams to locate Benjee. A crewman was sent ashore and spent sometime coaxing a very scared Benjee to him to enable him to be attached to a lead and swam back to the boat with the assistance of another crewman. The lifeboat then placed Benjee, safe and well if a little wet, with his crewman ashore on Beer Beach to reunite him with his grateful owners and the coastguard teams. Lifeboat returned to station at 17:05.
15-16 27/10/2016 17:45 Search Beer Head Sidmouth lifeboat was tasked to search between Weston Mouth and Beer Head for a missing person alongside the local coastguard teams. Both boats were launched and proceeded to complete their close inshore searches in the fading light, using equipment such as night vision goggles and search lights. The area was well covered and nothing was found. Sidmouth lifeboat stood down just after 20:00 with coastguard and police teams continuing with their searching/enquiries.
16-16 03/11/2016 11:25 Search & Assist Budleigh Salterton Sidmouth Lifeboat launched to assist Exmouth Coastguard CRT in the rescue of a Labrador, Star, who had gone over sheer cliff to the east of the River Otter, Budleigh Salterton. Star was located by the lifeboat crew, and lifeboat made its way through the rocks towards the shore. 2 crew went ashore with a stretcher. Crew and CRT placed Star, still conscious but injured, on a stretcher and got her aboard the lifeboat. She was then taken to Budleigh by sea, and onwards to a vets where is receiving treatment at the time of writing. We wish Star and her owners well and hope for a speedy recovery. Lifeboat stood down and returned to station 12:50.A special mention to the Crewman who was enjoying his birthday as he responded to the pager today.

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