Spate of sunny weather rescues for Ilfracombe lifeboat

The town’s RNLI lifeboats are called out on several occasions as people take to the water.

THE long overdue sunshine over the last week has meant a busy time for the volunteers at Ilfracombe lifeboat station.

Today (Wednesday) the all-weather lifeboat The Spirit of Derbyshire was called out to a 22 foot fishing boat that had suffered engine problems at Woody Bay, nine miles to the east of Ilfracombe.

When the lifeboat arrived an RNLI crew member went aboard to help raise the vessel’s anchor and then the boat was taken under tow back to Watermouth harbour.

The three men on board had been out for a day of fishing when their main engine failed and the reserve engine was not powerful enough to push the boat against the tide.

On Monday, the inshore lifeboat Deborah Brown II was called into action when two people in a small inflatable boat were seen drifting out from Combe Martin beach.

As the lifeboat arrived, the two people aboard had just managed to get themselves back ashore after paddling hard against the tide.

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On Thursday, the inshore lifeboat went out following a report from Ilfracombe harbour master, of a man and a dog cut off by the tide on a beach opposite the harbour.

Within 10 minutes of the crew’s pagers being sounded the lifeboat was at the beach. Helmsman Ian Langham was able to land the lifeboat on the beach, despite heavy surf and the man and dog were helped aboard.

They were then taken back to the safety of the harbour. The RNLI said the pair had been out for a walk but had misjudged the tide.

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