Ilfracombe lifeboat rescues two cut off at Lynmouth

Deborah Brown II, alongside the Mersey class lifeboat Lifetime Care, following the transfer of the c

Deborah Brown II, alongside the Mersey class lifeboat Lifetime Care, following the transfer of the casualties.. Picture: RNLI/Ilfracombe. - Credit: RNLI/Ilfracombe

Coastguard raises alarm after pair become cut off by tide at Scillery Sands.

The all weather lifeboat Lifetime Carebrings her rescued passengers into the harbour in Lynmouth, wi

The all weather lifeboat Lifetime Carebrings her rescued passengers into the harbour in Lynmouth, with the help of the local coastguard team. Picture: RNLI/Ilfracombe - Credit: RNLI/Ilfracombe

BOTH Ilfracombe RNLI lifeboats were launched this afternoon (Sunday) to rescue two men cut off by the rising tide at Scillery Sands, Lynmouth.

The men had been out walking and become cut off by the tide. They managed to contact the coastguard on a mobile phone and perched on some rocks 20 foot above the sea to await rescue.

Ilfracombe’s inshore lifeboat, Deborah Brown II, was the first to arrive and was directed to the scene by coastguards.

Spotting the two casualties on the top of the steep and slippery rocks, the volunteer crew members advised them to stay where they were until one of the crew could be placed ashore.


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Crew member Duncan Thomson went to the aid of the men and assisted them in their descent. He helped the pair into lifejackets, before helmsman Stuart Carpenter brought the lifeboat close in to the treacherous rocks and each was helped aboard.

Cold and wet, but otherwise unharmed, the pair were pleased to be picked up and glad to know they would soon be back on dry land.

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The Mersey class all-weather lifeboat, Lifetime Care, on relief duty at Ilfracombe, was standing by to take the casualties on board. Once they were safely inside the larger boat, the inshore lifeboat escorted her into Lynmouth Harbour, where the pair were given into the care of the local coastguard team.

“The men were lucky today,’ said helmsman Stuart Carpenter.

“It’s not easy getting a mobile phone signal where they were, and they had to move around a bit to find one. We were glad we managed to get to them when we did; they would probably have started suffering badly from the cold if they’d been out for much longer.

“The coastguard team were brilliant, they directed us straight to the casualties and were a great help.’

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