Dave the dolphin makes a splash at Ilfracombe Rescue Day

'Dave the dolphin is not shy as he performs for spectators at Ilfracombe Rescue Day on Wednesday. Pi

'Dave the dolphin is not shy as he performs for spectators at Ilfracombe Rescue Day on Wednesday. Picture: Marnie Quy. - Credit: Marnie Quy

A new performer joins the annual event at the pier as ‘Dave’ thrills the crowds with his acrobatic show.

The RNLI Lifeguards display during Ilfracombe Rescue Day. Picture: Steve Swain.

The RNLI Lifeguards display during Ilfracombe Rescue Day. Picture: Steve Swain. - Credit: Steve Swain

DAVE the Dolphin stole the show at Ilfracombe Rescue Day on Wednesday as he added a few routines of his own to the proceedings.

The RNLI inshore lifeboat Deborah Brown and Coastguard volunteers carry out a simulated cliff rescue

The RNLI inshore lifeboat Deborah Brown and Coastguard volunteers carry out a simulated cliff rescue during Rescue Day. Picture: Steve Swain. - Credit: Steve Swain

The annual event at the pier saw visitors and locals brave the rain to be entertained by displays from all of North Devon’s emergency services.

One of the highlights was a multi-services display between the Ilfracombe RNLI all weather lifeboat and the RAF Seaking rescue helicopter from RMB Chivenor.

Not to be outdone, friendly neighbourhood dolphin ‘Dave’, who has been entertaining watchers along the coastline for several weeks, made an appearance.


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“As soon as the RNLI boats and jet-skis were in the water, there was Dave jumping in and out and generally stealing the show,” said Marnie Quy, one of the organisers.

The event had been run for many years by Ilfracombe Round Table, but was originally cancelled for 2013 due to manpower issues.

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Ilfracombe Marketing Group took it over and ran it on behalf of the RNLI and in conjunction with Rotary, Lions and other volunteer organisations, with help from Round Table and Ilfracombe Ladies Circle.

“Everyone worked really hard and made the event the success it was,” added Marnie.

“Virtually everyone was a volunteer, giving their time and effort for free. There are far too many to thank individually, but special thanks should go to Ray Wooff of Compass Rotary, the IDTA, Jewson’s Hire and 722 (Chivenor) Squadron Air Cadets.”

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