Finding Nemo for Ilfracombe lifeboat

The Ilfracombe RNLI all-weather lifeboat Spirit of Derbyshire brings the lobster and crab potting bo

The Ilfracombe RNLI all-weather lifeboat Spirit of Derbyshire brings the lobster and crab potting boat Nemo alongside the pier at Ilfracombe. Picture: RNLI/Ilfracombe. - Credit: RNLI/Ilfracombe

Local potter drifting without power a mile off the coast sends volunteer RNLI crews to the rescue.

ILFRACOMBE’S lifeboat was busy ‘finding Nemo’ yesterday (Monday).

The search for the Ilfracombe potting vessel began with a launch shortly before 1pm, and about 10 minutes later Ilfracombe RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat Spirit of Derbyshire reached the drifting boat, which had lost all power a mile off Lee Bay.

Upon reaching the stricken vessel, one of the volunteer RNLI crew members was put aboard, and a tow line attached, before the boats returned to Ilfracombe harbour.

Nemo was brought alongside the pier, where an engineer was waiting to come aboard, and the lifeboat and her volunteer crew began the process of recovering onto the carriage to return to the lifeboat station.


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“When you are dealing with professional fishermen who have a well maintained boat, it is unusual for us to be called out in these circumstances,” said coxswain Andrew Bengey.

“They were, however, very pleased to see us.”

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It has been a busy few days for Ilfracombe RNLI, with this latest call out for the all-weather lifeboat coming hot on the heels of the two inshore lifeboat rescues last week.

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