Ilfracombe-RNLI-rescue-two-from-rocks-near-Lee-Bay

Byline: The volunteer crew of relief D-class inshore lifeboat, Mabel Davis, from Ilfracombe RNLI, rescued two men cut off by the tide this evening (Tuesday 27 May).
Page Content: Shortly after 7pm, Ilfracombe RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was launched to the aid of two men cut off by the tide at Crock Point, near Lee Abbey. The men had been walking from Woody Bay back towards Lee Abbey as the tide was coming in, and finding themselves cut off, had begun to swim. They got as far as Crock Point, where they found they could go no further and made their way ashore.

Local coastguard teams from Lynmouth and Ilfracombe were tasked to the scene, and had begun a cliff descent, with the lifeboat standing by in the water. Soon, it was decided that the best course of action would be for a member of the lifeboat crew to go ashore and recover the two casualties into the inshore lifeboat.

Nick Waites, a volunteer crew member for Ilfracombe RNLI, went ashore and made contact with the two men, fitting them both with lifejackets and checking they needed no medical assistance. Volunteer helmsman Duncan Thomson then brought the inshore lifeboat back in to the rocks, where each of the casualties was helped aboard, followed by Nick.

The lifeboat crew took the casualties to Lee Bay, where they handed the pair over to Ilfracombe’s coastguard team and representatives of the Lee Abbey management. They then returned to the lifeboat station, where they cleaned down and refuelled the lifeboat, making her ready for service once more.

Duncan shared some advice for anyone planning to walk along the coast;

‘It is important to remember that the Bristol Channel has one of the largest tidal ranges in the world, and a result of this is that many of the beaches and pathways that are available to walk on during low tide become completely covered as the tide comes in. If you intend to walk along the coast, please do check the state of the tide, and be aware that somewhere you were able to walk earlier in the day may not be available to you upon your return.

‘People should always carry a means of communication, in case of emergency dial 999 and ask for the coastguard. It always pays to let someone know where you are going and when you intend to return, so that they can raise the alarm if you are late back.’

RNLI media contacts
For more information please contact Suzie Tubby, volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer at Ilfracombe RNLI, on 07961 317088 or email funkymunkymoo@gmail.com  

Byline: The volunteer crew of relief D-class inshore lifeboat, Mabel Davis, from Ilfracombe RNLI, rescued two men cut off by the tide this evening (Tuesday 27 May).
Page Content: Shortly after 7pm, Ilfracombe RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was launched to the aid of two men cut off by the tide at Crock Point, near Lee Abbey. The men had been walking from Woody Bay back towards Lee Abbey as the tide was coming in, and finding themselves cut off, had begun to swim. They got as far as Crock Point, where they found they could go no further and made their way ashore.

Local coastguard teams from Lynmouth and Ilfracombe were tasked to the scene, and had begun a cliff descent, with the lifeboat standing by in the water. Soon, it was decided that the best course of action would be for a member of the lifeboat crew to go ashore and recover the two casualties into the inshore lifeboat.

Nick Waites, a volunteer crew member for Ilfracombe RNLI, went ashore and made contact with the two men, fitting them both with lifejackets and checking they needed no medical assistance. Volunteer helmsman Duncan Thomson then brought the inshore lifeboat back in to the rocks, where each of the casualties was helped aboard, followed by Nick.

The lifeboat crew took the casualties to Lee Bay, where they handed the pair over to Ilfracombe’s coastguard team and representatives of the Lee Abbey management. They then returned to the lifeboat station, where they cleaned down and refuelled the lifeboat, making her ready for service once more.

Duncan shared some advice for anyone planning to walk along the coast;

‘It is important to remember that the Bristol Channel has one of the largest tidal ranges in the world, and a result of this is that many of the beaches and pathways that are available to walk on during low tide become completely covered as the tide comes in. If you intend to walk along the coast, please do check the state of the tide, and be aware that somewhere you were able to walk earlier in the day may not be available to you upon your return.

‘People should always carry a means of communication, in case of emergency dial 999 and ask for the coastguard. It always pays to let someone know where you are going and when you intend to return, so that they can raise the alarm if you are late back.’

RNLI media contacts
For more information please contact Suzie Tubby, volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer at Ilfracombe RNLI, on 07961 317088 or email funkymunkymoo@gmail.com