Rescue spells out meaning of SOS

THE true meaning of SOS was spelled out when Appledore Lifeboat was called to a rescue during the station's fund raising SOS Day on Saturday. The pagers went off shortly after the end of a fund raising coffee morning at the station and the inshore rescue

THE true meaning of SOS was spelled out when Appledore Lifeboat was called to a rescue during the station's fund raising SOS Day on Saturday.The pagers went off shortly after the end of a fund raising coffee morning at the station and the inshore rescue boat was sent to the aid of a surfer caught in a rip tide off Saunton Sands on an ebb tide. An RAF rescue helicopter from Chivenor diverted from exercise to assist and hovered above the casualty until the lifeboat arrived, just 17 minutes after the call went out. The surfer had become exhausted trying to paddle back to shore in winds of Force 6 and with a significant swell.The lifeboat crew took him on board and, due to the conditions, the safest place to put him ashore was at Old Walls on the Braunton side of the estuary, where he was met by local coastguards. SOS Day fundraising resulted in customers of the Bideford Asda store donating �514.63 on Friday and a further �429.20 being raised at the lifeboat station on Saturday. The crew and fundraisers of Appledore Station said a big "thank you" to everyone who participated and made both days so successful.

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