Looe RNLI rescues submerged speedboat

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The Atlantic lifeboat brings the speedboat back into Looe harbour (Credit RNLI)

Date: 26/09/2011

Author: Emma Haines, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
The Atlantic lifeboat brings the speedboat back into Looe harbour (Credit RNLI)

Looe’s two lifeboats were launched at 3pm on Sunday afternoon to reports of a speedboat sinking near the island.

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Both Looe’s lifeboats, Atlantic 75 class ‘Alan and Margaret’ and D class ‘Ollie Naismith’ were launched and sped to the scene.

The speedboat’s three crew had already been picked up by a passing fishing boat.The vessel was almost fully submerged but the crew were able to attach a tow line and bring it back into the safety of the harbour.

The speedboat was beached and pumped out and the source of the leak was identified and fixed.

Atlantic helm Clive Palfrey, crew Dale Staff and Jamie Curtis.

D Class helm Brian Bowdler, crew Gareth Shaw and Matt Jaycock.

Both boats returned to station at approximately 3.30pm.

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