Another busy week for Ilfracombe RNLI

Three call outs in six days for volunteer lifeboat crew.

ILFRACOMBE lifeboats have been busy yet again after being called out three times in the past week.

Yesterday (Sunday) evening the all weather lifeboat Spirit of Derbyshire went to help the yacht Whisper, enroute to Ilfracombe. A fuel problem had caused her engine to fail and with no wind she was at the mercy of the tide.

The volunteer crew soon had the yacht under tow and brought her to the safety of Ilfracombe harbour, where the engine problem could be fixed.

On Saturday the inshore lifeboat plus the helicopter from RMB Chivenor went to help someone in an inflatable dingy who had been blown out to sea at Combe Martin.


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As rescuers arrived the occupant had managed to get themselves ashore, where they were met by a coastguard team who offered some information about the effects of wind and tide on an inflatable.

On Tuesday of last week (Aug 7) to assist the yacht Skirrid.

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As the tide went out, the vessel had fallen over whilst moored against the harbour wall and began to fill with water when the tide flooded back in.

The RNLI crew made sure the skipper was safe and put a salvage pump aboard to pump the yacht dry.

No more water was coming in with the yacht now upright, so the skipper was given some advice on mooring more safely and the tides in Ilfracombe.

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