Three shouts in a day for RNLI Torbay

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After a relatively quiet start to the New Year the RNLI Torbay volunteer crew were called out three times yesterday (Sunday 13 January).

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25m fishing boat being tied up safely in Brixham Harbour after choppy tow
After a relatively quiet start to the New Year the RNLI Torbay volunteer crew were called out three times yesterday (Sunday 13 January). The busy day was capped off with the Torbay All Weather Lifeboat (ALB) towing a 25 metre fishing boat back to Brixham Harbour in winds gusting up to 35 knots.

The first of the shouts came at 2.12pm yesterday when the RNLI Torbay’s Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) crew were tasked to a capsized dinghy in off Preston Beach in Torquay. The ILB then called for the All Weather Lifeboat (ALB) Alec and Christina Dykes to assist when a further three dinghies got into trouble in strengthening winds.

Shortly after attending the dinghies, the ALB, helmed by Torbay Deputy Coxswain James Hoare, was requested to take over the tow of a fishing vessel from the Salcombe lifeboat 10 miles south of Berry Head. After a choppy tow the casualty vessel was moored safely in Brixham at 6.45pm.

Mark Criddle, RNLI Coxswain for the Torbay RNLI Lifeboat said: ‘Yesterday’s shouts show the range of incidents we get called to and how flexible our volunteers need to be. After a quiet start to the new year, we were certainly in demand yesterday and the Torbay crew did a fantastic job responding to vessels large and small.”

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Photo: A photo of the Torbay All Weather Lifeboat Alec & Christina Dykes returning a 25m fishing boat to Brixham harbour safely yesterday is attached. (photo courtesy of RNLI Torbay crew member Richard Fowler)

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Torbay Lifeboat preparing to take over fishing boat tow from Salcombe Lifeboat

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