Busy month for Appledore's new lifeboat

APPLEDORE'S new Tamar class lifeboat has carried out her first official rescues since joining the North Devon station last month. The Molly Hunt had already carried out two rescues while on sea trials before reaching Appledore, but on Thursday her first l

APPLEDORE'S new Tamar class lifeboat has carried out her first official rescues since joining the North Devon station last month.

The Molly Hunt had already carried out two rescues while on sea trials before reaching Appledore, but on Thursday her first launch from the station was to a decommissioned fishing boat, the Tinquinda, unmanned and adrift in the Taw - a possible hazard to shipping. The vessel was taken in tow and returned to the jetty at Fremington.

Also on Thursday, Appledore's inshore rescue boat and an RMB Chivenor rescue helicopter helped two children in an inflatable dinghy being blown offshore by the wind at Westward Ho!.

The helicopter reached the children first and landed them safely on the beach at Westward Ho! One appeared very cold and possibly hypothermic and was taken by the helicopter to North Devon Hospital for medical treatment.

On Friday, just after 9pm the coastguard requested the inshore lifeboat to launch in response to reports of two people sitting on an upturned boat in the middle of the Taw.

The inshore lifeboat found two lads sitting on a partially submerged wreck, safe and well, fishing. But as it was several hours before the tide would drop enough for them to walk ashore safely, they were given a lift to land by the lifeboat,

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Martin Cox, coxswain of Appledore RNLI said: "It was certainly a busy couple of days and although two of our shouts turned out to be false alarms, if anyone seriously thinks someone might be in danger, please phone the Coastguard on 999. We would prefer to be called to a false alarm than not be called to a real emergency.

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