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Teignmouth RNLI lifeboats launched in the early hours

Lifeboats News Release

The Teignmouth lifeboat crew responded to a female entering the water in the early hours on Sunday (24 June).

Photo of Teignmouth lifeboat


Teignmouth RNLI lifeboat (stock)
Eye witnesses saw a female enter the water at the Point in Teignmouth and swim across the river towards Shaldon. The lifeboat crew received the request to launch at 1.57am and both the Two Annes lifeboat and Arancia lifeboat were launched to search for the female. The Teignmouth and Torbay Coastguard teams were also involved in the search and the volunteer lifeboat crew used white flares to illuminate the river to aid the search. The female was found in Shaldon and was transferred to an ambulance.

The crew and lifeboats returned safely to station and were both recovered by 3.20am.

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