Ilfracombe RNLI launches for drifting life raft

Ilfracombe RNLI’s inshore lifeboat crew retrieved the drifting life raft. Picture: RNLI/Ilfracombe.

Ilfracombe RNLI’s inshore lifeboat crew retrieved the drifting life raft. Picture: RNLI/Ilfracombe. - Credit: RNLI/Ilfracombe

Both the town’s lifeboats called out for Saturday morning shout off Bull Point.

The all-weather lifeboat crew bring the lost life raft on to the deck of the Mersey class Spirit of

The all-weather lifeboat crew bring the lost life raft on to the deck of the Mersey class Spirit of Derbyshire on Saturday morning. Picture: RNLI/Ilfracombe. - Credit: Picture: RNLI/Ilfracombe

A drifting life raft off Ilfracombe on Saturday saw both of the town’s lifeboats launched amid fears someone might be in peril.

The RNLI crews found it floating upside down near Bull Point after being alerted by fellow crew member Mark Hutchings, who spotted it off the Tunnels Beaches on his way to work.

But on further checking with the coastguard, the RNLI discovered the raft had been reported missing by the dive boat Pride of Bristol the previous evening.

Carl Perrin, volunteer second coxswain at Ilfracombe RNLI, praised the Pride of Bristol’s crew for alerting the coastguard to their loss in a timely fashion;


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“It’s really good the vessel reported their missing life raft as soon as possible,” he said.

“As a result of this it meant once we had established it was theirs, we could stand down from the search for people in the water. It was good for the crew from a training point of view, as it meant they were able to practice their search skills.”

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Anyone who spots anything out of the ordinary at sea, or anything which gives cause for concern, is always asked to call 999 and ask for the coastguard.

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