Callout 28.02.21 | 14:10

Sidmouth Lifeboat was tasked to assist Beer Coastguard Rescue Team with a search for an inflatable dingy that had launched at Seaton and was heading out to sea in a strong NE breeze, with two persons on board.

Whilst preparing to launch, the lifeboat was put on standby before being stood down at 14:38, as the dinghy and its occupants had been found safe and well on Hooken Beach, where they were escorted by the coastguard to Branscombe Mouth on foot and provided with safety advice.

As Sidmouth Lifeboat’s rig was travelling back up the beach, the clutch failed on the tractor. A huge thank you to our engineer Paul, who spent three hours attending to the rig on the beach, before it was able to return to station.

As always, a huge thank you to everyone involved.

As the weather warms and lockdown restrictions ease over the coming months, please don’t take safety for granted when enjoying our beautiful coastline. Always check the sea conditions, wind direction and weather forecast, make sure you have proper safety equipment with you, such as lifejackets, a mobile phone and/or radio, and tell someone where you are going and when you expect to be back. In an emergency, dial 999 and ask for the coastguard.

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