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Looe Lifeboats – Another Busy Year

We are supported by 32 volunteer crew, 16 fund raising committee members and a number of others volunteering as souvenir shop assistants and boathouse guides. In 2016 Looe Lifeboats launched 36 times. 32 people were rescued during operations that required 113 hours at sea, 10 of which were in the dark. One notable shout took place on Saturday 4 March this year when both of Looe’s RNLI Lifeboats launched to assist a lone female who was cut off by the tide and sheltering in a cave to the west of Portwrinkle. Hampered by the surf conditions and strong currents the D Class lifeboat Ollie Naismith was unable to get close enough to the cave, so the 4th crewman from the Atlantic 85, Guy Cooper, swam ashore to assess the casualty, who apart from being cold and wet was uninjured. Due to the challenging sea conditions, the Tamar Coastguard had to escort the female and RNLI volunteer crew to safety up the cliff route to the road.
The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea Royal National Lifeboat Institution, a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Registered charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland