Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

RNLI’s warning to boat owners following Good Friday death

12:00 22 April 2014

Archant

Appledore lifeboat coxswain urges boat owners to always wear lifejackets, even on the calmest of days, after death near Bideford Bar.

"The loss of a life in a boating incident on Good Friday off Bideford Bar saw a demonstration of this truth with the professionalism, dedication, compassion and selflessness of our lifeboat crew here in Appledore."

Reverend Andrew Littlejohn

APPLEDORE lifeboat station has issued a safety warning to boat owners to wear lifejackets after a man died in the estuary on Friday.

The man, believed to be in his 30s, was pronounced dead after the boat he was in capsized and another man was found suffering from shock.

Niki Tait, of Appledore RNLI, said: “The Good Friday incident was a tragic accident; an accident which happened on what appeared to be a beautiful, flat, calm, harmless day, a day which looked perfect for fishing.

“However Bideford Bar and the sea are dangerous beasts.

“However innocuous it looks, it needs respecting. Rogue waves can seemingly come from nowhere. Swell can build up in an otherwise flat sea.”

Warning to boat owners

Martin Cox, coxswain of Appledore RNLI, has pleaded with boat owners to put on lifejackets at all times.

He said: “Even on the calmest of all days you never know when a problem might arise, and by that time it is too late to find them and put them on, even if they are in the boat with you.

“Although a powerful engine seems a good idea to hep counteract the tide, if it is too heavy for the boat, the boat can be weighed down and become unstable, or waves can be shipped.

“If you are going to anchor, anchor from the front of the boat, this is shaped to pass through the waves rather than come over the top of the boat.

“Make sure your anchor chain and ropes are long enough.

“You need four metres of chain for every metre depth of water, and eight metres of rope per metre depth, but remember to let more out as the tide rises.”

Praise for rescuers

The Reverend Andrew Littlejohn, chaplain to the lifeboat crew, praised members of the RNLI for Good Friday’s rescue.

He said: “Tragedy so often brings out the very best in people.

“The loss of a life in a boating incident on Good Friday off Bideford Bar saw a demonstration of this truth with the professionalism, dedication, compassion and selflessness of our lifeboat crew here in Appledore.

“Because of their courage and determination the vast majority of RNLI rescues result in successful outcomes, but occasionally as was the case on Good Friday, even their best efforts could not prevent this tragic loss of life.

“The crew deal with bereavement in different ways, but it always impacts them.

“We are privileged in Appledore to have a fantastic and dedicated lifeboat crew, who are always willing to risk their lives to save others.

“Thank you each and every one of you.”

Related articles

Other News Stories

09:06

South West Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust is expecting more than 10,000 calls over the bank holiday weekend.

Read more
08:00
Roosting greater horseshoe bats. Picture: John J Kaczanow

Devon Wildlife Trust has teamed up with North Devon AONB for the project.

Read more
20 minutes ago
Syria fundraiser organisers Jake Slee and Jumoké Fernandez at Bideford's Cafe Onboard venue.

Don’t miss ‘Syria’ at cafe Onboard this Saturday (August 27)

Read more
Yesterday, 15:34
RNLI lifeguards have been busy again in 2011 on North Devon beaches. PIC: RNLI.

RNLI lifeguards had a busy week as they rescued people from rip currents and dealt with several serious medical episodes on Croyde and Woolacombe.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:45
Flora Kyte, Ben Price, Ottelie Kuehne, Hannah Munro-O'Brien, Bethany Lee, Emily Yelland and Helena Reed celebrate top results at South Molton Community College. Picture: Matt Smart

Teenagers across the region opened their results today (Thursday), with more exceptional achievements for schools in the area.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:39

Mystery surrounds the circumstances as to how the man was found injured in the early hours after Hartland Carnival. Can you help?

Read more
Yesterday, 10:20
The Seamoor Unit has won a regional award

Seamoor Unit is named ‘best building under £2m’ at the Michelmores Property Awards

Read more
Yesterday, 09:38
MV Balmoral is welcomed to Bideford. Picture: Graham Hobbs

The vessel arrived in Bideford with 224 passengers as was greeted by the mayor and town crier.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:34
A pop-up night club transformed the Wrey Arms pub in Sticklepath, Barnstaple. Picture: Contributed

First pop-up club is held at The Wrey Arms with disco, lights and plenty of party spirit.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:06
Councillors Des Brailey and Dick Jones at the Maple Grove land before it was cleared.

Wasteland is tidied up and given over to community use

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 19°C

min temp: 10°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications