Callouts – 2020

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Incident No: Date Time Type Location Incident Report
1 17.05.20 11:25 Search Jacob’s Ladder Beach

Sidmouth Lifeboat paged following a report of a person in difficulty, 100m off of Jacob’s Ladder.

As the boat was entering the water with four crew on board, confirmation came that the person was safely ashore and the lifeboat was stood down.

Apparently, the person in the water had been spear fishing and had not been in difficulty.

Although the boathouse is currently closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, our volunteer crew are still on call 24/7. Please take extra care if you are visiting the coast in these extraordinary times.

2 19.05.20 17:10 Search Salcombe Mouth

Sidmouth Lifeboat was tasked to assist police and coastguard in the search for a missing person from Sidmouth.

The lifeboat undertook a search from Salcombe Mouth to the mouth of the River Otter for almost two hours, before being stood down.

The police and coastguard search remains underway.

As always, a huge thank you to our volunteer crew and partner organisations for their efforts.

3 24.05.20 19:25 Rescue Jacob’s Ladder

Tasked to a kayaker in difficulty 100m off of Jacobs Ladder, Sidmouth. The kayak was sinking and the kayaker was in the water.

As the lifeboat rig was on the beach about to launch, the kayaker made the shore – wet, but safe and well.

Please remember, whether you are local or not, a novice or experienced – the sea can still catch you out.

If you are going out on the water this bank holiday weekend – or any time – please make sure you check the weather forecast and tides, and have the right safety equipment with you, including lifejackets.

4 29.05.202 14:30 Rescue Beer

Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat was paged at 14:30 and at sea by 14:39 to attend two kayakers in the water off Poundspool, Beer. Lyme Lifeboat was also tasked.

Luckily, the kayakers made it to the shore safely as the lifeboats arrived.

Sidmouth Lifeboat confirmed all ok, while Lyme Lifeboat was re-tasked elsewhere.

5 29.05.20 TBC First Aid Sidmouth Beach

Following the earlier callout on the same day, Sidmouth Lifeboat crew were then requested to attend an inflatable, which had blown onto the inner rock island, to offer first aid.

A large number of inflatables were on the water today, in strong wind conditions.

Most inflatables are designed for pools, not the sea.

Ebbing tides, strong currents and winds can swiftly carry an inflatable out to sea. Please check sea conditions are suitable before entering the water, with or without inflatables. The weather and sea conditions can be very unpredictable along the coastline.

The best option is to leave your inflatables at home.


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