2 shouts this week for Appledore lifeboat

Just after 9.30pm on Thursday 25 June, the volunteer crew were tasked to a report of a person in the water near Victoria Park in Bideford, shouting for help. Bideford Coastguards and Police were on scene and an ambulance had been tasked.

Photo: RNLI/ Terry Mathews

Just before the inshore lifeboat arrived, Falmouth Coastguard reported that the casualty was now out of the water and the lifeboat could return to station, and the Ambulance be stood down. As the crew were almost on scene they continued to the Quay to get the relevant details of the emergency. However, just as they were getting back into the lifeboat, the casualty collapsed in front of the Police and Coastguard. The crew immediately returned to offer assistance until the ambulance arrived back as it was now categorised by the police as urgent.

The casualty was semi-conscious and the crew, using full PPE, observed whilst keeping the casualty talking until taken to hospital.

The lifeboat got back to the lifeboat station at around 11 pm when the boat and all equipment was cleaned and sanitised ready for the next emergency.

On Monday evening (22nd June), just before 6 pm the inshore lifeboat was tasked to Saunton to reports of between two to six surfers caught in rip currents being swept out to sea. By the time the lifeboat arrived on scene two of the surfers had got themselves to shore, and two had been rescued by Saunton lifesaving club. No other surfers appeared to be in difficulty but the lifeboat remained on scene to ensure everyone was safe. The crew returned to the lifeboat station about an hour later.


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