Ilfracombe lifeboat launched to help teens stuck on rock

11:26 09 June 2014

Ilfracombe

Ilfracombe's D-class lifeboat was launched on Sunday.

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RNLI volunteer raised the alarm after he spotted the youngsters on a rock calling for help.

ILFRACOMBE’S volunteer lifeboat crew were called to the rescue of three teenagers shouting for help on a large rock at Wildersmouth Beach.

A crew member was on his way home past Wildersmouth Beach when he spotted the youngsters on a rock calling for help on Sunday.

He alerted the coastguard and ran to the lifeboat station, where the D-class inshore lifeboat Mabel Davis was launched.

On arrival the teens had made it to the beach after a member of the public who had seen the group swam out to help them ashore.

“It is always best to alert the coastguard if you see anyone you think may be in trouble,” said Matt Simpson, volunteer helmsman on this service.

“Even with the tide on its way out, a wet rock surrounded by water is not a very safe place to be.

“It would have taken seconds for any or all of the teenagers to slip into the water, and the situation to have become more dangerous.”

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