Air Ambulance charities across the UK are once again coming together to celebrate National Air Ambulance Week (NAAW) which takes place between 9th – 15th September 2019.
Seahouses RNLI Lifeboat Crews had just come ashore after giving a lifeboat display to the public on their annual fund raising Fete day on Bank Holiday Monday, 26 August 2019, when they were paged again at 15:10hr by UK Coastguard. This time it was for a 14yr old girl on a paddle board, who was reported missing at Beadnell Bay. It was 3am this morning when most of the crew had got to bed after their previous call to a yacht in distress the previous evening.
Seahouses RNLI Lifeboat was requested to launch by UK Coastguard at 22.51hr on Friday 23 August 2019, (the night before their annual fund raising fete !) following a call for assistance from an 11 metre yacht, south of Holy Island. The yacht had run over lobster pot markers in the dark, and picked up a rope around its propeller.
Seahouses RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was requested to launch by UK Coastguard at 11.11hr on Friday 23 August 2019, following a 999 call reporting a small yacht in difficulty in Beadnell Bay. Two persons were waving for assistance, and one had been in the water.
Announcing the events
Photographs credited to Exmouth RNLI :
Maer_Rocks_Live_15 – Maer Rocks : Town Mayor opens the event – L-R, Roger Bourgein, Town Crier; Ellie Walker, RNLI Community Fundraising Manager; Volunteer Crew Charlie Allen, Event Organiser and Exmouth Town Mayor Steve Gazzard.
Maer_Rocks_Live_12 – Maer Rocks : Crowds enjoy entertainment at the well supported event.
Maer_Rocks_Live_14 – Maer Rocks : Wall to wall music enjoyed by all
Maer_Rocks_Live_8 – Maer Rocks : RNLI Mascot, Stormy Stan, enjoys a selfie
Open_Day_Live_2 – Town Mayor Steve Gazzard launches the Open Day
Open_Day_Live_4 – Town Mayor Steve Gazzard and Town Crier Roger Bourgein meet RNLI volunteers at the event
Open_Day_Live_7 – The ‘Whats in the Welly’ competition at the Lifeboat Station
This year’s amazingly successful annual Exmouth Lifeboat Weekend took place last weekend, raising over £2000 for the life saving charity.
Photograph credited to John Thorogood / Exmouth RNLI
Chris presents his cheque to Exmouth RNLI. L to R : Simon Davidson, Chair – Exmouth Lifeboat Management Group, Charles Harris-Deane, Director of Investment Management at Charles Stanley Wealth Management and Robin Humphreys, Chair – Exmouth RNLI Fundraising Team.
Exeter based Charles Stanley Wealth Management Group have donated £1,000 to Exmouth RNLI.
Above are archive images covering incidents over several years that are depressingly similar. Holy Island and other locations are connected to the coast or river banks by causeways that flood twice a day. There is no mystery about tidal conditions and near these locations there are always shops and RNLI Lifeboat Stations where current tide tables and advice is available. Even with tide tables there are those who fail to appreciate that tide times change predictably approximately one hour later each day.
It is very difficult to know what else can be done to avoid vehicles and hikers becoming stranded on a flooding causeway. In the case of the Holy Island causeway there are now large electronic warning signs. Short of adding railroad-style level crossing gates at each end there is nothing more that could possibly be done and level crossing experiences show that some people will find a way round closed gates or just drive straight through them.
The best advice is to ask locals and buy tide tables before attempting to use a tidal causeway. Understand how long it will take to drive or walk across the causeway. Take a mobile phone or radiotelephone in case an accident or vehicle failure strands you. If you are stranded, Holy Island causeway has sanctuaries, huts on stilts above high water mark. Go directly to the closest sanctuary and await help. Make sure that someone not in your party knows you will make the crossing and expect to arrive safely at an estimated time.
Understand also that the RNLI Lifeboat Station at Seahouses, and its flank stations, will respond to a call from the Coastguard in virtually all conditions. They are volunteers who will risk their lives to save you. Understand also that conditions along the British coasts can change very rapidly as shown above where the Seahouses RIB crew responds to a stranded vehicle in calm, but often misty conditions, and the Seahouses All Weather Lifeboat is responding to a call for help in even more challenging conditions. Also understand that a vehicle inundated by sea water may be a total write-off, as will most of its contents.
Why not check with the Lifeboat Station for crossing advice and make a generous donation to help them continue to provide vital aid (they depend entirely on donations from the public and are not funded from the public purse)?….. SARN Ed.
Seahouses RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was requested to launch by UK Coastguard at 2.50pm on Wednesday 14 August 2019, to go to the assistance of two persons and a dog, in a car cut off by the tide on Holy Island Causeway, at the Holy Island side.