Three rescues in three days for Ilfracombe lifeboat crew

ILFRACOMBE S RNLI inshore lifeboat has been called into action three times in three days and rescued a total of four people. On Saturday, the lifeboat launched to a report of an 18 foot catamaran blown on to the beach at Broady Cove, Hillsborough. The cre

ILFRACOMBE'S RNLI inshore lifeboat has been called into action three times in three days and rescued a total of four people.

On Saturday, the lifeboat launched to a report of an 18 foot catamaran blown on to the beach at Broady Cove, Hillsborough. The crew of the catamaran had scrambled ashore and the local dive boat Neptune had managed to get the catamaran alongside.

Two adults were picked up by the lifeboat and landed safely ashore on the pier at Ilfracombe. The catamaran had been one of a flotilla of three small yachts attempting to sail from Ilfracombe to Lundy.

On Sunday, a second incident followed a report of a person in the water off Briery Cove at Watermouth. The inshore lifeboat crew located man who was on holiday from Cardiff and had become cut off on a rock near the cove, after he had fallen out of a kayak.


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Another kayaker had gone to his aid until the lifeboat arrived. The man was then landed safely ashore at Watermouth.

On Monday there was an incident much closer to home, practically in sight of the lifeboat station after woman had become cut off by the tide on the end of the pier in Ilfracombe.

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She had been watching her son fishing on a boat offshore and failed to notice the tide coming in. She was landed safely ashore, somewhat embarrassed, but none the worse for her ordeal.

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