Crewman Ghorki makes debut as lifeboats help rescue woman

Ilfracombe RNLI

Ilfracombe RNLI - Credit: RNLI Neil Perrin

The Ilfracombe RNLI inshore and all-weather lifeboats were launched at 8pm on Tuesday, August 3 to assist a woman who had fallen at Heddons Mouth near Lynmouth. 
The volunteer crew launched the Shannon class all-weather lifeboat The Barry and Peggy High Foundation and D Class inshore lifeboat the Deborah Brown III following a request from Lynmouth Coastguard Search and Rescue, to assist with a woman who had fallen at Heddons Mouth.  
The woman was reported to have suffered a broken wrist and head injury with possible concussion. Due to the head injury and the woman’s location, just inshore from the beach, almost a mile along a rough path from the nearest road, the Coastguard asked the lifeboat to assist, as it was possible that the woman would need to be removed by sea. 
The lifeboats made good speed in flat calm conditions and arrived at Heddons Mouth beach just 20 minutes later. The inshore lifeboat arrived first, and a crew member who is a Doctor, and another crew member, also a healthcare professional went ashore to meet the Coastguards and examine the woman.  
Following a brief examination, the crew members were able to confirm that it was safe for her to be moved. The Coastguards then escorted the casualty back along the path to where paramedics were waiting. 
The lifeboat crew returned to the lifeboat and made their way back to Ilfracombe harbour arriving at the station at 9.15 p.m. The lifeboats were then cleaned and made ready for the next service. 
This was the first shout for crew member Ghorki Sacher since he recently passed out as a crew on the inshore lifeboat. Ghorki joined the RNLI as a volunteer in 2018 and has worked as shore crew and as a trainee on the inshore lifeboat for the last three years. He passed out as inshore lifeboat crew in July 2021 when the station was able restart assessments following a delay due to covid restrictions. 
Andrew Bengey, RNLI Volunteer Coxswain for Ilfracombe’s RNLI Lifeboat, said: “The shout was a good example of the Coastguard and the Lifeboat working together. If you get into difficulty walking along the coast call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.” 

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter