At 04:34hr on Sunday 15th July 2018, UK Coastguard requested the launch of Seahouses All Weather Lifeboat, to assist the North East Ambulance Service to reach an ill male, in need of urgent medical care, on Holy Island. The Causeway was closed by the tide. The next safe crossing time was after 09:00hr. As the ambulance dispatched was from a nearby Ambulance Station, it was directed to Seahouses Lifeboat Station.

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Ladies use Exmouth RNLI’s social media to call for help

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PR110718 George Bearman II recovered to Exmouth lifeboat station after the rescue


Inshore lifeboat George Bearman II launched at 5.47pm on 11 July to two young ladies who were cut off by the tide, east of Orcombe Point. The casualties who were on holiday from Poland, messaged the Exmouth RNLI Facebook page because they were unsure what to do.

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At 12.52hr on Tuesday 10th July 2018, UK Coastguard requested the launch of Seahouses Inshore Lifeboat, to assist two persons trapped on Holy Island Causeway. They had attempted to cross the Causeway outside of the safe crossing times. One of the casualties was reported as being claustrophobic and panicking. UK Coastguard requested the persons be brought ashore.

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Exmouth RNLI Volunteer Tour Guide recruitment

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PR040718 Exmouth lifeboat station volunteer Tour Guides (left to right: Peter Dobbs, Robin Humphreys and Bill Lodge)

Exmouth lifeboat station is recruiting additional visitor guides to join a small team of dedicated volunteers providing free tours for the public. The state-of-the-art boathouse on Queens Drive houses a Shannon class and a D class lifeboat.

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Combined agency Casualty Care training)

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PR020718-1 RNLI Crew and lifeguards carry cliff faller with Exmouth Coastguard team

PR020718-2 RNLI Crew, Lifeguards and Exmouth Coastguard team assess spinal injury casualty on the beach

PR020718-3 RNLI Crew, Shore Crew and lifeguards with Sidmouth lifeboat Coxswain and Exmouth Coastguards rush to recover the mass casualties to the lifeboat station

PR020718-4 Exmouth RNLI Crew volunteers, lifeguards and coastguard team carry casualty to the lifeboat station from the mass rescue scenario

On 1 July, local emergency services were invited to Exmouth lifeboat station to take part in various scenarios, played by actors from Peninsula Pre-hospital Emergency Medicine team.

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Exmouth RNLI volunteers rescue teenager who fell 60’ down cliff face


PR300618 Inshore lifeboat George Bearman II recovery under a full moon

R300618 Shore Crew volunteers wait to hear further news at the lifeboat station

Inshore lifeboat George Bearman II launched at 9.48pm to reports that a 16-year-old girl had fallen off a cliff at Orcombe Point.

Crew volunteers were on scene within eight minutes and found the casualty on a ledge, assessed her and administered initial first aid. Meanwhile, the D class lifeboat returned to station to pick up the South West Ambulance HART team and another Crew volunteer (an emergency doctor), to take them to the scene which was only accessible by water.

Back at scene, further emergency pain relief was administered and the casualty was immobilised in order to move her off the ledge. Crew volunteers carried her by stretcher down to the beach and helped winch her up to a Coastguard helicopter from St Athans. She was then transferred to Devon Air Ambulance which had landed at the town’s football pitch and they in turn, transferred her to Derriford hospital. George Bearman II recovered the HART team and Crew volunteers back to Exmouth lifeboat station and was ready for service again at 11.50pm.

Exmouth Coastguard team and Devon and Cornwall police officers were in attendance at Orcombe Point, controlling crowds which had formed and preparing a helicopter landing area on the beach, if needed.

Crew volunteer, Roger Jackson was one of the Crew volunteers first on the scene:

We found the girl in extreme agony, in a crumpled mess. She had been joined by a friend who had run down the steps and entered the water in order to reach her. Together they had somehow moved up to a ledge to stay higher than the tide, until help arrived. We would like to thank him for assisting her to a place of safety and saving her from a worse situation with an incoming tide.

When speaking to the casualty’s friends, we understood that they had been sitting on the edge of the cliff looking at the moon over the sea. The cliff edge had crumbled under her and taken her down a vertical drop, feet first. On the way down, she had hit an overhang and then slid down straight to the bottom.

With the recent long warm weather, our Jurassic cliffs are very dry and prone to splitting and creating rock falls. It is not only dangerous for walkers at the top, it is also dangerous for people sitting on beaches beneath. We would encourage people not to take the risk of going near the edge – keep to the marked footpaths and enjoy our beautiful coastline from a safe distance.

It was a tremendous effort by all emergency services involved. Joined-up lifesaving which we can only learn by training regularly together and understanding each other’s assets.’

Notes to Editors (credit: Exmouth RNLI)

9.50pm Shannon class lifeboat was standing by with full Crew, as a report came in of another incident concerning three people in a dinghy in difficulty. They recovered ashore themselves, so we didn’t launch.