Busy start for Appledore’s new lifeboat
Glanely has been called out several times since joining the crew last month.
APPLEDORE RNLI’s new inshore lifeboat, the Glanely, has been keeping busy in its first few weeks of service.
The latest shout occurred on Saturday following several 999 calls concerned about a small inflatable dinghy drifting down the River Torridge with one person on board.
As the lifeboat arrived to launch, one of crew member thought he saw the inflatable come ashore on the beach near West Quay.
A quick phone call to one of the pubs where several lifeboat personnel work reassured the coxswain the person was safe.
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Crew members rushed to confirm the casualty, who appeared to have inadvertently drifted off Instow beach, was alright.
The new inshore lifeboat has responded to several more shouts since joining the team at Appledore lifeboat station.
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The rescues began on July 16 when she was called to help a wind surfer in distress in the Estuary in near gale conditions.
The following Friday, Glanely was on exercise when she was tasked by Swansea Coastguard to assist a small fishing boat which had broken down.
The boat was towing the boat back to Appledore when crew members spotted two children cut off by the tide stuck on rocks near Westward Ho!
The quick thinking crew anchored the tow to help the children ascend the cliffs to safety while the broken down boat was collected and taken back to Appledore.
On Monday week Glanely was also launched to reports of several people cut off by the tide at Crow Point.
Within three minutes the crew were on the scene and rescued two children while three people swam back to shore.