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Appledore RNLI lauches to a man in difficulty in the water

Lifeboats News Release

At 10.50am this morning (May 7) Appledore inshore lifeboat volunteer crew responded to a launch request from Falmouth Coastguard to a report of a male in the water, having capsized a dinghy off The Beaver Inn, Irsha Street, Appledore (River Torridge).

RNLI/Matt Rowe

Appledore RNLI tasked to person in difficulty in the water

On arrival at the scene the crew found the casualty had already been rescued by two members of the public and had been taken ashore. Two RNLI crew members went ashore to check on the welfare of the casualty who was cold and shocked. Mobile coastguard units and a Paramedic also attended and continued treatment of the casualty whilst the lifeboat crew righted the dinghy and placed it back on its moorings before returning to station.

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