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Looe RNLI lifeboat crews launch at low tide

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteer crews launched both of Looe RNLI’s inshore lifeboats at low tide earlier this afternoon, Monday 23 October 2017, following reports of a female in difficulties on cliffs at Seaton.

Stock image of Looe RNLI’s Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II being launched at low tide by the Talus MB-4H tractor

RNLI/Ian Foster

Stock image of Looe RNLI’s Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II being launched at low tide by the Talus MB-4H tractor

Shortly after launch the crews were stood down as the female was reported to be safe in the care of shore based teams.

Receiving reports of a female in difficulties on cliffs by Seaton, HM Coastguard requested the immediate launch of Looe RNLI’s inshore lifeboats. At 1.30 pm this afternoon, spectators on the Banjo Pier watched as the charity’s Talus MB-4H tractor pushed the Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II launch carriage along the river bed past the Banjo Pier for a low water launch. At the same time volunteer crews were launching the D Class inshore lifeboat Ollie Naismith from the boathouse slipway.

With the female reported to be safe in the care of shore based teams, both inshore lifeboats were stood down as they were heading across Looe bay. Returning to Looe crews washed down and refuelled both lifeboats making them ready for their next service.

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Notes to editors

· Stock image of Looe RNLI’s Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II being launched at low tide by the Talus MB-4H tractor Credit Looe RNLI / Ian Foster

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

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