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Looe RNLI lifeboat crew go to the aid of a broken down Dory

Lifeboats News Release

Looe RNLI launched their Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat at 5.45 pm yesterday evening, Sunday 16 April 2017, to assist a 15’ Dory boat suffering engine failure by Looe Island.

Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II towing the Dory boat in Looe River

RNLI/Richard Davies

Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II towing the Dory boat in Looe River

A tow line was quickly established and the boat with four people on board was safely towed back to her moorings above Looe bridge.

The pagers of Looe RNLI’s volunteer crew sounded at 5.35 pm yesterday evening when HM Coastguard at Falmouth received reports of a 15’ Dory boat with engine failure. The charity’s Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II launched at 5.45 pm and within 10 minutes located the boat drifting between Looe Island and Portnadler beach. With the increasing wind a tow line was quickly established to prevent the boat drifting further. The boat was safely towed back to her moorings above Looe bridge for repairs.

The Atlantic 85 returned to Looe Lifeboat Station where she was washed down and refuelled ready to go back on service at 6.25pm.

This was a routine rescue for Looe RNLI, but as the weather improves and the evenings draw out, boat users will be thinking about taking their craft onto the water for the first time this year. Before you do, the volunteer crew at Looe Lifeboat station recommend you undertake a routine check of the hull and engine, always wear serviceable life jackets and have the appropriate licence and training to use a VHF Radio.

Atlantic 85 crew: David Jackman (helm), Toby Bray, John Crabb and Clive Palfrey

Shore crew: Richard Rix, Brian Bowdler and Paul Barley

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Notes to editors

· Picture - Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II towing the Dory boat in Looe River credit Richard Davies

· Picture - Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II returning to Looe Lifeboat Station credit RNLI / Ian Foster

· Stock Picture - Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II
credit RNLI / Ian Foster

· For further information on Looe RNLI Lifeboats please visit our website www.looelifeboats.co.uk


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Amy Caldwell, RNLI Public Relations Manager, on 07920 818807 or amy_caldwell@rnli.org.uk

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Emma Haines, RNLI Press Officer, on 07786 668847 or emma_haines@rnli.org.uk

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Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II returning to Looe Lifeboat Station

RNLI/Ian Foster

Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II returning to Looe Lifeboat Station
• Stock Picture - Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II

RNLI/Ian Foster

• Stock Picture - Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II

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