Callouts – 2002

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Incident No:

Date

Time

Type Location Incident Report
001-02 12/01/2002 04:29 Standby River Sid ILB launched in service following a report of person threatening to jump off of bridge at Sid Park Road. ILB stationed 200m South of Mouth of River Sid, in case the person was carried out to sea. ILB stood down at 05:05 after person was apprehended by the police.
002-02 19/01/2002 21:01 Search Sidmouth ILB launched to investigate a report of a red flare sighted off of Sidmouth. ILB searched from the Lifeboat Station to Tortoiseshell Rock. A white parachute flare was launched and a visual search commenced. Nothing was found and so a parallel track search was performed from the Lifeboat Station to Tortoiseshell Rock. Again nothing was found. It was subsequently discovered that children had launched the red flare from Connaught Gardens. ILB returned to station at 21:53.
003-02 27/03/2002 16:46 Rescue Sidmouth to Western Mouth ILB launched in service, after a report from a member of the public that seven people were about to be cut off by the incoming tide. The ILB proceeded to the position, where the people had managed to reach safety after realizing their situation. ILB was then stood down and returned to station.
004-02 07/04/2002 10:41 Rescue Sidmouth ILB launched after a report of a swimmer in difficulty off of the Rock Islands, South of Clifton Beach. ILB proceeded to the scene and recovered one casualty who was in difficulty. The casualty was given first aid by the Lifeboat crew for minor injuries received on rocks and for cold. The casualty was then taken to the ILB recovery site at Clifton Beach where the casualty was transferred to an ambulance.
005-02 08/04/2002 19:24 Search / Rescue Seaton Hole ILB launched to assist Coastguard teams searching for a missing person between Beer Beach and Seaton Hole. ILB arrived on scene and commenced an inshore search from Beer to Seaton. The casualty was then located by the Coastguard team and the Coastguard helicopter was called the scene to winch the casualty out and transfer to the awaiting ambulance at Beer Football pitch. ILB then transferred the Coastguard team from the scene to Beer Beach. ILB then returned to station.
006-02 18/05/2002 13:15 Rescue River Axe ILB launched to assist a sinking speed boat close to the mouth of the River Axe. ILB was proceeding to the incident scene and was subsequently stood down by Portland Coastguard.
007-02 03/06/2002 13:36 Rescue Sidmouth ILB launched after a report of a missing sailing dinghy from Sidmouth Sailing Club. ILB located the casualty approx. 1 mile SSE of the River Sid, with 2 persons in the water hanging on to the upturned dinghy. The ILB crew recovered the persons from the water and commenced towing the dinghy back to the Sidmouth Sailing Club. The ILB then passed the tow to a safety boat and returned the casualties to shore. ILB returned to station at 14:10
008-02 06/06/2002 19:10 Rescue Jacobs Ladder ILB launched after a report of a person in the water off of Jacobs Ladder Beach. ILB located the casualty at the western end of the beach and recovered the casualty to the ILB after the casualty had refused winching aboard Coastguard helicopter Whiskey Bravo. ILB returned to the Lifeboat Station with casualty at 19:45.
009-02 12/06/2002 19:09 Rescue Salcome Hill ILB launched in service after a report from Portland Coastguard that 3 persons had fallen off of the cliff at Salcome Hill. ILB proceeded to the scene where 2 persons were spotted on the beach at the foot of the cliff. 2 crew were then sent ashore to attend and ILB stood off. ILB was then directed by the Devon & Cornwall Police Helicopter, to the location of the third person, who was spotted in the water at this time. ILB recovered this person and then proceeded back to Clifton Beach, where it was recovered, and the casualty transferred to an ambulance. ILB was then re-launched and proceeded back to the incident scene, where the second person was taken aboard the ILB, for transfer back to land. The Coastguard Helicopter was also in attendance at this time and it was decided to winch the third person aboard the helicopter for transfer to land. ILB stood by during the winching operation and then proceeded to Clifton Beach for recovery and transfer of the person aboard to an ambulance. ILB returned to station at 20:20
010-02 19/06/2002 13:58 Search Sidmouth ILB launched in service after a report of a small yellow inflatable dinghy approximately 100 yards offshore. ILB proceeded to the location of the Sidmouth Sewer Buoy, where it was confirmed from the shore that this was the object reported. ILB then stood down.
011-02 20/06/2002 16:40 Rescue Sidmouth ILB launched to investigate a report of a swimmer possibly in difficulties approx. 100 yards off the Kingswood Hotel, Sidmouth. ILB started a search to the east and soon located the swimmer who was not in difficulty. ILB remained with the swimmer while it was confirmed with the first informant that this was the person seen in difficulty. ILB was then returning to station when requested to check another swimmer between the rock islands. The swimmer was confirmed as the same swimmer spoken to previously again he was in no difficulty.
012-02 07/07/2002 13:55 Rescue Ladram Bay ILB tasked while on training exercise, to assist a broken down power boat, 1 mile east of Ladram Bay. ILB arrived on scene and took vessel under tow towards Exmouth. ILB then handed tow over to Exmouth Lifeboat. ILB then released by Portland Coastguard.
013-02 10/07/2002 19:00 Rescue / Standby Jacobs Ladder ILB paged after report of an attempted suicide at Jacobs Ladder. ILB crew were held by the Coastguard initially and then requested to launch and standby out of sight. Casualty was then persuaded to come down from the cliffs by a Police Negotiator.
014-02 19/07/2002 21:23 Search / Rescue Salcome Hill ILB launched in service to a suspected suicide attempt. ILB carried out an inshore search between the River Sid and Salcome Mouth. ILB then asked to standby at the mouth of the River SId. Casualty was then persuaded to come down from the cliffs by a Police Negotiator.
015-02 21/07/2002 20:12 Search Salcome Hill ILB launched in service after a report of a suspected suicide at Salcome Hill. ILB proceeded to the scene and carried out an inshore search at the base of the cliffs. An object was spotted at the base of the cliffs and a Cliff Rescue team called to investigate. The Cliff Rescue team searched the base of the cliffs, with only a floral tribute to 3 casualties who were recovered from the location earlier in the year. ILB then stood down.
016-02 04/08/2002 15:42 Search Salcome Hill ILB launched in service after a report of a cliff fall and persons heard shouting, East of the River Sid. ILB searched the area and nothing was found. ILB then stood down.
017-02 06/08/2002 12:59 Standby High Peak to Salcome Hill ILB launched in service after a report of a person on High Peak threatening to commit suicide. ILB performed a slow search from High Peak to Ladram Bay. Following more information from the Police, ILB was relocated to the mouth of the River Sid. ILB was then stood down at 14:12
018-02 06/08/2002 17:20 Search Ladram Bay ILB launched in service after a report of an inflatable dinghy with 2 children on board, approximately 300m south of Ladram Bay. ILB proceeded to the scene and commenced an inshore search of the area. Sidmouth 2 was also launched and proceeded to the scene where they rendezvoused with the Exmouth Inshore Lifeboat. The three lifeboats then performed a thorough search of the area from Chit Rock to Otterton Ledge. ILB’s released from the search at 19:30.
019-02 12/08/2002 17:10 Rescue Sidmouth ILB launched in service to investigate an inflatable blowing away from the shore at Sidmouth Beach. ILB located an inflatable fish, approximately 1 mile south of the Lifeboat Station and recovered if from the water. No persons were found in distress. ILB returned to station at 17:35, where the inflatable fish was reunited with it’s owners.
020-02 15/08/2002 18:39 Rescue Sidmouth ILB launched in service after a report of an upturned boat off of the Royal York Hotel. A small dinghy was recovered 3/4 of a mile South of Sidmouth and returned to it’s owner.
021-02 15/08/2002 20:39 Search Sidmouth to Lyme Regis ILB launched in service after a report of a missing walker between Sidmouth and Lyme Regis. ILB searched as far as Branscombe Mouth when the person was located a Rousden Caravan Park. ILB the returned to Station.
022-02 27/08/2002 17:10 Rescue Sidmouth ILB launched in service after a report of an inflatable boat being blown out to sea. ILB was informed by the lifeguard at Clifton beach that the inflatable boat that had been reported was in fact the sewer buoy. ILB crew informed Portland Coastguard and were then stood down.
023-02 28/08/2002 18:30 Search Beer ILB launched in service after a report of a windsurfer in difficulties between Beer and Seaton. ILB proceeded to Beer Head and made contact with 2 yachts in the area, Consultation with the yacht revealed that they had not seen anyone in difficulty and were not in difficulty them selves. Beer Coastguards spoke the the first informant who had mistaken the yacht for a windsurfer. ILB was then stood down returned to station.
024-02 06/09/2002 20:37 Search Salcome Mouth ILB launched in service to investigate a fire between Sidmouth and Salcome Mouth. The remains of a fire were found on the beach, but no persons in the area. The ILB was then re – tasked by Portland coastguard to investigate a flashing light between Ladram Bay and Smallstones Point. ILB carried out an inshore search at the location, but nothing was found. ILB then returned to station at 21:33
025-02 08/09/2002 19:52 Search Branscombe ILB launched in service following a report of a windsurfer in difficulties off of Branscombe Mouth. ILB proceeded to the location where it was found that the navigation lights of a moored tanker were in direct line of sight with a flag marker buoy. This created the appearance of a windsurfer in difficulty. ILB the stood down.
026-02 22/12/2002 11:08 Rescue River Axe ILB launched in service, after a report of a capsized kayak, 1/4 of a mile south of the River Axe. ILB proceeded to the scene, where the casualty had been recovered from the water by the Coastguard Rescue Helicopter ” Whiskey Bravo”, and returned to shore. ILB then performed a Box Search and located the casualtie’s kayak, which was then returned to Beer Beach. ILB returned to station at 12:55.

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