Callouts – 2013

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Incident No: Date Time Nature of Call Out Location
01-13 24-01-13 18.51 Assist Beer Head Tasked by Portland to reports of an incident at Beer Head, stood down as Lifeboat made it’s way to launch site.
02-13 09-04-13 12.29 Rescue Branscombe Tasked by Portland after reports of several persons cut off by tide in the Branscombe/Beer Head area. Stood down as the Lifeboat was entering the water.
03-13 29-06-13 18:30 Rescue Ladram Bay Tasked to a Kayaker being blown offshore 0.5 miles off of Ladram Bay. The Kayaker was located 2 miles offshore and being rapdily blown further out. The kayaker was taken on board and returned safely to Sidmouth.
04-13 01-07-13 14:19 Assist Weston Mouth Tasked to assist an inflatable reported to be in trouble. On arrival the 2 men in the inflatable were both fit and well and not in any distress. An offer to assist them back to shore was made but declined by the men who made their own way safely back to Sidmouth.
05-13 09-07-13 13:51 Recovery Sidmouth Tasked to reports of a person collapsed on the rocks under Peak Hill. Lifeboat crew located the individual and helped transport Police & Coastguard officers to the scene. Sadly the person was pronounced dead at the scene and recovered to hospital by Police helicopter. Our thoughts and sympathies go out to the friends and family of the deceased.
06-13 20-07-13 12:20 Search Ladram Bay Tasked to search for an orange kayak with 2 teenagers reported missing between Jacobs Ladder and Ladram Bay. Several close in-shore searches were carried out as far as Otterton Ledge. The 2 teenagers were found safe and well on the beach at Ladram Bay.
07-13 05-09-13 17:30 Assist Sidmouth Beach Sidmouth Lifeboat was tasked to reports of a jet-ski and two persons in distress approximately 1 mile south of Sidmouth beach. Sidmouth crew members quickly identified and confirmed the jet-ski to be that which was in trouble, took the two persons on board and rigged an astern tow. They then proceeded to tow the jet-ski into Sidmouth beach where waiting crew members were able to pull it up onto the beach for the owners to collect at a later time.
08-13 23-09-13 20:45 Assist Sidmouth Sidmouth Lifeboat was tasked by Portland Coastguard following reports of a yacht adrift very close to Sidmouth Beach and not responding to calls on VHF radio.Once alongside the casualty vessel the Skipper stated that they did not require assistance and were waiting for low tide in order to come ashore.Sidmouth Lifeboat Coxswain explained that they would not be able to get ashore at low tide and suggested that it may be more prudent to return to Exmouth. The Skipper of the vessel declined any assistance, and instead continued down the coast in an Easterly direction.
09-13 26-09-13 19:28 Assist Sidmouth Sidmouth Lifeboat was tasked to assist a person who had fallen from the cliff, half-way along Jacobs Ladder Beach. Paramedics, police helicopter and a cliff coastguard crew were also on scene.​Weather, wave, and surf conditions were not suitable for recovery of the casualty by lifeboat, who had suspected spinal injuries and had suffered considerable trauma. Portland Coastguard helicopter was tasked to complete a winched stretcher casualty recovery.​Sidmouth Lifeboat was retained on standby during the exercise. The casualty was then airlifted to hospital and Sidmouth Lifeboat was stood down along with other units.
10-13 03-10-13 14:39 Assist Ladram Bay Sidmouth Lifeboat was tasked to assist with the recovery of a body which had been located on the beach between Ladram Bay and Sandy Cove. The coastguard were unable to access the area via a cliff rescue and although two crewmen were put ashore, they were unable to recover the deceased to the boat through the increasingly worsening sea conditions and the rising tide. The two crewmen returned to the Lifeboat as the SAR Helicopter was tasked to assess the scene and the decision was made to stand down and for the coastguard team to recover the deceased later that evening on a low tide. For the Express and Echo report of the callout click here.
11-13 16-10-13 20:50 Assist Ladram Bay Sidmouth Lifeboat was tasked at 8.50 to a search for a missing Kayaker off of Budleigh Salterton to assist Exmouth ALB and ILB who were on scene.
Sidmouth Lifeboat commenced a search from Black Head to Otteron Ledge. During this search the Portland Coastguard helicopter identified the location of the casualty along Budleigh beach at 21:09. CPR was carried out on scene and transported the Dorchester hospital. Unfortunately the casualty passed away. To read the Sidmouth Herald report, please click here
12-13 23-11-13 14:40 Recovery Ladram Bay Sidmouth Lifeboat was tasked to reports of a Dog having gone over the cliff top near Ladram bay, in Sandy Cove. Exmouth Coastguard were at the cliff top and requested the Lifeboat’s assistance. Sidmouth located the deceased animal at the foot of the cliff and recovered it to the boat and then boathouse for later collection by the Owners.
13-13 23-11-13 14:40 Assist Sidmouth Beach Whilst responding to the previous callout Sidmouth Lifeboat were made aware by concerned members of the public of a windsurfer in difficulty off of Sidmouth, Sidmouth Lifeboat reached the windsurfer and confirmed that he was not in too much difficulty in the strong offshore winds and were in scene to ensure that he was able to recover to the beach safely.

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