APPLEDORE Lifeboat Station, already posting a record number of emergency calls this year, added three more in the space of 24 hours on Friday and Saturday. This brings the number of emergency calls so far this year to 80, compared with the previous highes

APPLEDORE Lifeboat Station, already posting a record number of emergency calls this year, added three more in the space of 24 hours on Friday and Saturday.This brings the number of emergency calls so far this year to 80, compared with the previous highest number of 73 for a full year.On Friday evening police requested help with a boat adrift in the River Taw.A search was made of the river from Ashford Strand to Crow Point, but no such boat was found. With so many boats breaking their moorings in the Torridge/Taw estuary this year, Appledore RNLI repeats its plea to anyone with a boat still on the river to double check the safety of their moorings.Saturday morning brought reports of a body boarder in difficulties in Croyde Bay. The inshore lifeboat was launched, but the surfer managed to make his own way back to land.On Saturday afternoon the skipper of fishing boat Lundy Murlett noticed a kite surfer in difficulty in the South Gut off Westward Ho! beach. The surfer had lost his board and was out of control, with his kite dragging him across the river. The Lundy Murlett went to his aid and picked up the casualty, who was then transferred to the lifeboat. The kite was also retrieved as, if left, it could have caused problems to other boats.