Callouts – 2018

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Incident No: Date Time Type Location Incident Report
15-18 10/10/2018 17:55 Assist Sidmouth Beach Sidmouth Lifeboat was paged by Solent Coastguard to assist the police with an incident on the cliffs near Sidmouth. The police were able to deal with the incident and our assistance was not required.
14-18 12/08/2018 21:50 Rescue Sidmouth Beach Sidmouth Lifeboat was paged by Solent Coastguard alongside Beer Coastguard to reports a person had entered the water on Sidmouth seafront. The Lifeboat promptly made its way to the launch site where it was met by a police officer who confirmed that the person had exited the water and was now at their home address accompanied by police officers. The Lifeboat and Beer Coastguard officers remained at an state of operational readiness until this had been confirmed by Solent Coastguard and we were asked to stand down.
13-18 02/08/2018 12:30 Assist Sidmouth Beach Sidmouth Lifeboat was paged following a call from the public about a person seen struggling on a paddle board, the person was identified as being accompanied by a qualified instructor and in no distress so the Lifeboat did not launch.
12-18 28/07/2018 14:25 Search Ladram Bay Sidmouth Lifeboat was paged at the request of Beer Coastguard to complete a close inshore search between Big Picket rock and Ladram Bay. Nothing was found and he Lifeboat was stood down and returned to station. Beer Coastguard had been on scene as a member of the public had called the Coastguard raising concerns that they had seen someone who may have been cut off by the tide before they were able to get to Ladram Bay.
11-18 27/07/2018 10:30 Search Sidmouth Beach Sidmouth lifeboat was launched to complete a close inshore search from Hook Ebb (Approx 1.5 miles East of Sidmouth) to Big Picket Rock (1 mile West of Sidmouth) following a member of the public discovering a pile of clothes on the beach this morning. Beer Coastguard team completed a really thorough search alongside the Lifeboat to ensure that no persons were in the water or on the surrounding coastline and the Lifeboat was stood down.
10-18 24/07/2018 15:57 Rescue Sidmouth Beach Sidmouth Lifeboat crew worked alongside Beer Coastguard team, Ambulance crews and Devon Air Ambulance on a callout, this incident unfortunately involved a fatality.
09-18 03/07/2018 22:00 Search Sidmouth Beach Sidmouth lifeboat was tasked to search for what appeared to be a person seen struggling on a board and drifting from Jacobs ladder towards Big Picket rock alongside Beer Coastguard team. The first informant had watched in the fading light and accurately described the location which enabled the lifeboat to locate the incident. Once the lifeboat was on scene they were able to identify that this was a kayak paddling alongside a swimmer in the water undertaking swimming training, they were spoken to and were comfortable in the water and well equipped. This was a false alarm with good intent and the first informant did exactly the right thing and called 999.
08-18 14/06/2018 17:30 Assist Otterton Ledge Sidmouth Lifeboat was paged by Solent Coastguard to a report of a Jack Russell having gone over the clifftop at Otterton Ledge, near Budleigh Salterton. The Lifeboat was launched within 8 minutes of being paged, with Coastguard Cliff Rescue Teams also in attendance. The dog was recovered from the rocks at the base of the cliff by the Lifeboat crew however it sadly did not survive the fall.
07-18 03/06/2018 19:30 Search Sidmouth Sidmouth lifeboat were paged by Solent Coastguard to investigate an object spotted in the water, believed to be a possible upturned kayak. The crew launched to investigate and were able to identify the object as a large log, a search of the area was completed and nothing else was found so the crew were stood down.
06-18 31/05/2018 15:30 Search Budleigh Salterton Whilst returning from the previous callout the crew were tasked to assist in a search for a missing person and did so along the coastline from Orcombe point to Budleigh Salterton. Nothing was found and the lifeboat was stood down and returned to station whilst land based searches continue. Shortly after returning to Station the missing person was located by Police.
05-18 31/05/2018 11:30 Search Lyme Bay Sidmouth lifeboat was tasked by Solent Coastguard to a sailing vessel which had broken down and was drifting. The position of the sailing vessel was unclear as due to the foggy conditions the person on board was unaware of their location and had been at sea for two days, the lifeboat searched from Beer Head to Exmouth with nothing found until the Coastguard released a Pan-Pan radio message requesting all vessels to assist with locating the vessel and the sailing vessel was quickly spotted by another boat who gave the accurate location as Dawlish Warren. Sidmouth Lifeboat were quickly able to get to the scene and assess the vessel and person on board before towing it to the mouth of the river Exe to hand over to the Exmouth Lifeboat crew to take the vessel into a berth.
04-18 05/05/2018 17:30 Assist Sidmouth Beach The Lifeboat crew were tasked to assist with the removal of a small plane which had made an emergency landing on Sidmouth Beach near Jacob’s ladder. See the Sidmouth Herald’s write up here.
03-18 25/02/2018 14:05 Search Sidmouth Beach Sidmouth lifeboat was tasked alongside Beer Coastguard teams to two persons detached from their kayaks in the water off Jacobs Ladder beach, the Lifeboat launched and was quickly able to ascertain that these were not kayaks but large pieces of driftwood. The lifeboat then undertook a thorough search of the area to ensure that no persons were in the water and with nothing found were stood down by Solent Coastguard.
02-18 13/02/2018 17:35 Search Sidmouth Sidmouth lifeboat was paged shortly before our routine training evening by Solent Coastguard and were on the water in a matter of minutes. The lifeboat was tasked to investigate what had been reported as a drifting boat approximately 1 mile South East of Sidmouth. Upon arrival on scene the crew identified the object which was a large buoy which had come adrift and were able to get it aboard the lifeboat and recover it to Sidmouth lifeboat station before continuing with routine training.
01-18 17/01/2018 15:30 Rescue Seaton Beach Our first callout of 2018 saw Sidmouth Lifeboat Crew paged by Solent Coastguard to a person in difficulty in the water off Seaton beach. Lyme Regis Lifeboat and Beer Coastguard also tasked, however as the Lifeboat was leaving the boathouse they were stood down by Solent Coastguard as the person had made it ashore and they were safe and well.

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