Salcombe RNLI called to four emergencies in 15 hours

Salcombe RNLI were called out to four emergencies in just 15 hours yesterday. 

The lifeboat on one of its four shouts in 15 hours - credit Salcombe RNLI

The volunteer crew were first alerted just after midday on Wednesday, 22nd July, to a jet ski with steering failure. The inshore lifeboat, Joan Bate, was launched to the stricken vessel off Hallsands. The crew located the jetski with one person on board, and they towed it back to Salcombe. 
The inshore lifeboat, Joan Bate, was launched to the stricken vessel off Hallsands
The crew barely had time to think before they were called to assist the crew on the All Weather Lifeboat (ALB), Baltic Exchange III, as it launched to assist the Hope Cove Lifeboat with a vessel that had run aground in the mouth of the River Erme. Once the casualty vessel was afloat, the Baltic Exchange III escorted her to the far side of Bigbury where she then proceeded home to Plymouth under her own steam.

The vessel had run aground - credit Salcombe RNLI
 
Later that evening at 8.30pm, the ALB was called upon once more as it launched to assist a 21foot motorboat with engine trouble located one-and-a-half nautical miles south of Start Point with five people on board. Once the vessel was found it was towed back to Salcombe. 
the ALB was called upon once more as it launched to assist a 21foot motorboat with engine trouble

Being towed home to Salcombe - credit Salcombe RNLI

Thinking they could all now have a quiet evening, the crew were awake again at 3.30am
Thinking they could all now have a quiet evening, the crew were awake again at 3.30am. Again, the Baltic Exchange was launched, this time to assist a small yacht with engine failure three nautical miles south west of Bolt Head. They once again towed the stricken vessel back to Salcombe. 

We have been given permission to share this amazing video of the crew going out on their first shout, filmed by @harrietgeorgeproperty - follow them on Instagram! 


How lucky we are to have these volunteer crews willing to risk their lives and sacrifice their sleep to keep us safe on the South Hams coastline. 

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