Plymouth RNLI launch to family run aground on Friday 13th

Lifeboats News Release

Two young children, a dog and four adults were rescued by Plymouth RNLI from a vessel that ran aground on Friday 13 September

RNLI/John Baldry

ILB approaching casualty vessel
With a full moon and clear sky the volunteer crew of the Plymouth RNLI launched the Inshore lifeboat (Annabel E Jones) just before midnight on Friday the 13th.

The occupants of a 23ft sailing vessel that had run aground and on its side in the mouth of the River Lynher used their mobile phones to dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard .

The ILB quickly arrived on scene and assessed the best way to extracted the two young children, dog and four adults from the casualty vessel that was now leaning on its side in the mud.

Due to the low tide and thick mud the duty helm (Alex Grassick) made the decision that the safest way to extract the casualty's was to use the small Y-Class lifeboat carried by the All Weather Lifeboat (Sybil Mullen Glover)

Once the ALB arrived on scene volunteer crews from the Lifeboat and Coastguards assisted the occupants using the Y-Class out to the All Weather Lifeboat where they were then safely landed at Saltash. Lifeboat crews then returned to the yacht to re-float it on the incoming tide before securing it to its mooring at Saltash.

Helm Alex Grassick said " When anchoring it is important to consider how your circumstances may change with the effects of tide and wind. I would advise checking the drying heights on a chart for the complete radius of your anchor position.’


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casualty vessel on its side

RNLI/Richard Gibson

Sam and Mike covered in the thick mud

Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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