RNLI Torbay lifeboat tour interrupted by rescue of injured fisherman

Lifeboats News Release

A group of 20 people celebrating a Silver Wedding with a tour of Torbay lifeboat station got more than they bargained for at the weekend when the lifeboat was called out.

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RNLI Torbay all-weather lifeboat returning with casualty

As the lifeboat station siren sounded in Brixham, 10 people aboard the Severn Class all-weather lifeboat were swiftly moved ashore and volunteer lifeboat crew began arriving. The visitors re-joined others touring the boathouse and learning about the inshore lifeboat as the situation unfolded on Saturday 11 November.

The all-weather lifeboat quickly launched, tasked to attend a fisherman injured on board a trawler moored at the port. The lifeboat crew were on scene within minutes and moved the casualty from the ocean-going trawler onto a stretcher for transfer to a land ambulance outside the lifeboat station.

It was a reminder that - even during pre-planned visits - Torbay’s two lifeboats remain fully operational at all times, with the onshore team conducting the tour trained to clear the way at a moment’s notice. Once Saturday’s tasking was complete, the visitors were eventually able to resume their tour with a very realistic view of how the RNLI team swings into action when a ‘shout’ comes in!

RNLI/Vicki Bowen

RNLI Torbay all-weather lifeboat approaches the pontoon with casualty aboard

RNLI/Vicki Bowen

RNLI Torbay volunteer lifeboat crew being preparing to bring casualty ashore

RNLI/Vicki Bowen

SW Ambulance Service staff ready to receive casualty on the slipway

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