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Pagers interrupt Plymouth's RNLI carol concert as crew tasked twice in 24 hours

Lifeboats News Release

Plymouth RNLI's volunteer crew launches the station's inshore lifeboat twice in 24 hours to reports of people in the water.

On Thursday 7 December at 6.37pm whilst the Plymouth lifeboat crew were in St. Andrews Church about to enjoy their annual Christmas carol service the pagers sounded. The volunteer crew were requested to assist Devon and Cornwall Police with reports of a female in the water at Admirals Hard. The situation was bought under control and the crew were stood down allowing them to return to the carol service to enjoy a well deserved mince pie.

Then at 5.50pm on Friday 8 December Falmouth Coastguard requested both of Plymouth lifeboats, the all-weather Atlantic 75 class and the Arancia class inshore lifeboat, launch on service to reports of a female in the water at Devils Point. The volunteer crew assisted the casualty ashore to the awaiting Coastguard rescue team and returned to the station.

Notes to editors

  • Plymouth RNLI lifeboat has been operating since 1862. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to www.rnli.org.uk/plymouth

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