Callouts

Sidmouth Lifeboat

Man Rescued After Attempt to Retrieve Dog from River Otter

Date: 07.07.24

Time tasked: 11:21

Callout #: 5

Tasked to a male who had entered the water at the mouth of the River Otter to retrieve a dog.  The dog had self recovered to the beach, but the male had not and was being swept out to sea. 

Exmouth ILB and the Coastguard Helo were also tasked. The casualty was then reported to have made it to shore, cold but otherwise unharmed, as Sidmouth Lifeboat was about to enter the water and the Lifeboat returned to the station.

Many thanks to all involved.


Boat Crew: Jim Brewster (Helm), Simon Priestley, Tony Martin, Dave Pearce

Tractor Driver: Paul May

DLA: Phil Shepperd

Shore Crew: Ian Fletcher, Martin Barnard, Toby Hoggarth, Ed Birch, Mark Davies, Andy Horsely, Andy Hardy, Pete Rosenfeld, Andy Mitchell, Adrian Bright, Simon Vacher, Alex Russel, Mike Dance.


All enquiries: media@sidmouthlifeboat.org.uk

Photo for illustrative purposes only. Credit: Kyle Baker

False Alarm in Salcombe Mouth: Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat Responds to SOS Signal

Date: 28.06.24

Time tasked: 23:33

Callout #: 4

Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat launched following a report of SOS being signalled by torch in the Salcombe Mouth area.

An extensive close inshore search was conducted, using searchlights and night vision equipment. Nothing found, other than a fisherman on the shore using an occasional light. Lifeboat stood down and recovered at 00:24.


Boat Crew: Ian Fletcher (Helm), Jim Brewster, Martin Barnard, Kyle Baker

Tractor Driver: Paul May

DLA: Phil Shepperd

Shore Crew: Guy Bennett, Tony Martin, Ed Birch, Cameron Baker, Mark Davies, Andy Horsely, Pete Rosenfeld, Andy Mitchell, Alice Dutton, Mike Dance.


Wind speed: Force 2

Wind: NW

Visibility: Very good


Photo credit: Henry Williams

All enquiries: media@sidmouthlifeboat.org.uk

Latest callout

Date: 03.06.24

Time tasked: 21:25

Callout #: 3

Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat was tasked to assist Beer and Exmouth coastguard, SWAST and Devon & Cornwall police with an incident in Sidmouth

The incident resolved and the lifeboat was stood down at 22:31.


Boat Crew: Si Priestley (Helm), Guy Bennett, Dave Pearce, Adrian Blight

Tractor Driver: Paul May

DLA: Phil Shepperd

Shore Crew: Jim Brewster, Kyle Baker, Ed Birch, Cameron Baker, Mark Davies, Andy Horsely, Pete Rosenfeld, Andy Mitchell, Alice Dutton


Wind speed: Force 1

Wind: NE

Visibility: Very good


Photo credit: Henry Williams

All enquiries: media@sidmouthlifeboat.org.uk

False Alarm Resolved: Pot Marker Mistaken for Person Near Sidmouth Beach

Date: 27.05.24

Time tasked: 18:42

Callout #: 2

Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat was alerted by Solent Coastguard to a possible person face down in the water 100m off of Sidmouth Port Royal beach.

Beer and Sidmouth Coastguard teams, a Coastguard helo and Lyme lifeboat were also tasked.

From the shore, Sidmouth Lifeboat crew immediately identified the object as a pot marker buoy 30m out. Two crew swam out and brought it ashore to avoid further false alarms.

All units stood down at 19:22. Many thanks to all involved.


Wind speed: 2-3

Wind: SW

Visibility: Good


Photo credit: Henry Williams

All enquiries: media@sidmouthlifeboat.org.uk

Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat assists in search for high risk missing person

Date: 11.11.23

Time tasked: 02:10

Callout #: 18

Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat was tasked alongside Coastguard Helo Rescue 187, Beer Coastguard and Exmouth Coastguard search teams to reports of a missing high risk male believed to be in the vicinity of Muttersmoor.

The Lifeboat was tasked to do a shoreline search between Sidmouth and Sandy Cove.

With nothing found, the lifeboat was stood down at 04:05.


Boat Crew: Guy Bennett (Helm), Tony Martin, Jim Brewster, Kyle Baker

Tractor Driver: Paul May

DLA: Andy Mitchell

Shore Crew: Si Priestley, Ian Fletcher, Martin Barnard, Cameron Baker, Pete Rosenfeld, Henry Williams


Wind speed: 2

Wind: N

Visibility: Moderate


Photo credit: Henry Williams

All enquiries: media@sidmouthlifeboat.org.uk

Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat assists with 4×4 vehicle dragged into the sea during Storm Ciarán

Date: 01.11.23

Time tasked: 21:05

Callout #: 17

Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat was paged at 21:05 after a 4×4 vehicle had been dragged into the sea from the Eastern end of the Esplanade.

Weather conditions were Force 10 winds with large waves breaking across the road.

Also in attendance were HM Coastguard, Police and Fire and Rescue services.

It was confirmed that the occupants of the vehicle had managed to get out safely. With no possibility of recovering the vehicle at that time due to sea conditions, all responders were stood down at 22:15.

The vehicle was last seen at 07:00 this morning (2nd Nov) and was soon afterwards dragged out to sea by the breaking swell.

Image: Kyle Baker

Multi-agency response to person in the River Axe

Date: 29.10.23

Time tasked: 09:37

Callout #: 16

[Updated at 18:46]

Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat was tasked to a casualty in the water at the entrance to the River Axe. The casualty had been washed out of the river and was 30m offshore.

Lyme Regis RNLI, who were already at sea training in the area, had arrived on scene, but had to remain offshore due to the heavy surf conditions. Beer Coastguard, who were already on the beach, were able to pull the casualty from the water when they were washed closer inshore.

Sidmouth Lifeboat and Exmouth RNLI, who were also tasked, were stood down prior to launch, as Beer Coastguard was on scene treating the patient.

The casualty was taken to hospital and we wish them a speedy recovery.


Boat Crew: Jim Brewster (Helm), Guy Bennett, Ben Lemaitre, Paul May

Tractor Driver: Andy Horsley

Shore Crew: Tony Martin, Charli Higgins, Ed Birch, Phil Shepperd, Henry Williams, Adrian Blight, Alice Dutton, Simon Vacher


Wind speed: 6 near gale 7

Wind: SW

Visibility: Good


Photo credit: Charli Higgins

All enquiries: media@sidmouthlifeboat.org.uk

Swift response by Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat to Kayaker in the water off Branscombe Beach

Date: 04.09.23

Time tasked: 12:25

Call out #: 15

Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat received an urgent tasking to a person in the water, holding onto their Kayak approximately 100m off Branscombe Beach.

The boat launched and proceeded to the location, where the crew were able to locate the casualty very quickly, despite fairly choppy sea conditions.

After getting the casualty onboard and conducting an initial First Aid assessment, the lifeboat took the casualty took to Branscombe Beach, where the Coastguard was able to carryout further First Aid treatment.

Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat then returned to retrieve the kayak and return it back to Branscombe. Although the casualty had been in the water for approximately 1 hour, they were deemed well enough to return home without further treatment.   

Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat would like to remind everyone of the importance of wearing a lifejacket or appropriate buoyancy aid when out on the water and keeping a phone or appropriate radio with you at all times. Research has proven that wearing a lifejacket can increase your chances of survival by up to four times if you’re immersed in cold water. No matter how experienced you are, the sea can always surprise you and a lifejacket or buoyancy aid could save your life.


Boat Crew: Ian Fletcher (Helm), Kyle Baker, Graham Trude, Mark Davies

Tractor Driver: Pete Rosenfeld

Shore Crew: Jim Brewster, Andy Horsely, Henry Williams, Simon Vacher, Toby Hoggarth


Wind speed: Force 3-4

Wind: E

Visibility: Very Good


Photo credit: Simon Vacher

All enquiries: media@sidmouthlifeboat.org.uk

Sidmouth Lifeboat assist person overboard off Beer

Date: 07.08.23

Time tasked: 12:36

Call out #: 14

Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat was tasked to an urgent call from a yacht off of Beer, with two persons on board – one adult and a child.  

The adult, who was not wearing a lifejacket, had fallen overboard and hit his head, and was unable to get back into the boat.  

On arrival, the lifeboat found the adult had made it back into the boat.  He was taken ashore to an ambulance, whilst the child was handed over to coastguard and the was boat left at anchor. 

Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat would like to remind everyone of the importance of wearing a lifejacket or appropriate buoyancy aid when out on the water. Research has proven that wearing a lifejacket can increase your chances of survival by up to four times if you’re immersed in cold water. No matter how experienced you are, the sea can always surprise you and a lifejacket or buoyancy aid could save your life.


Boat Crew: Tony Martin (Helm), Graham Trude, Oli Farrand, Al Fellows-Bennett

Tractor Driver: Andy Horsley

DLA: Phil Shepperd

Shore Crew: Mark Davies, Si Priestley, Ian Fletcher, Jim Brewster, Ed Birch, Pete Rosenfeld, Paul May


Photo for illustrative purposes only. Credit: Kyle Baker

All enquiries: media@sidmouthlifeboat.org.uk

Latest callout for Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat

Date: 10.07.23

Time tasked: 13:40

Call out #: 13

Paged to a casualty reported to have fallen from the cliff face at Jacobs Ladder.

As emergency services arrived on scene, it became clear that extraction of the casualty by sea would not be necessary, and the lifeboat was stood down prior to launch

Many thanks to all involved.

Photo for illustrative purposes only. Credit: Kyle Baker

All enquiries: media@sidmouthlifeboat.org.uk

Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat called out to reports of paraglider in the water at Beer Head

Date: 18.06.23

Time tasked: 16:32

Call out #: 12

Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat was tasked to reports of a paraglider in the water at Beer Head.

The Lifeboat arrived on scene, where Lyme Regis Lifeboat and Rescue 187 (Coastguard helicopter) had just arrived. The casualty had by this time made it to the shore at Pounds Pool Beach.

After a quick assessment, Lyme Regis Lifeboat transferred the casualty to Beer Beach with Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat standing off to render assistance if needed.

Once casualty was safely ashore, both boats were then stood down and returned to station. 


Boat Crew: Jim Brewster (Helm), Ian Fletcher, Ed Birch, Paul May

Tractor Driver: Pete Rosenfeld

DLA: Phil Shepperd

Shore Crew: Si Priestley, Henry Williams, Al Fellowes-Bennett, Adrian Blight


Wind Speed: Force 1-2

Wind: SW

Visibility: Very Good


Photograph for illustrative purposes only. Credit: Kyle Baker

All enquiries: media@sidmouthlifeboat.org.uk

Third callout in a week for Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat

Date: 06.06.23

Time tasked: 19:55

Call out #: 11

While on exercise, Sidmouth 2 was tasked to reports of a person being blown out to see on a SUP off Budleigh beach.

Once the lifeboat had arrived on scene, a near shore search was quickly conducted along with a shore line to locate the paddleboarder.

Exmouth coastguard was also on scene walking the beach. No persons were found at sea.

Further information from Solent confirmed that the casualty had made it ashore and required no further assistance. Sidmouth 2 was subsequently stood down and returned to station.


Boat Crew: Guy Bennett (Helm), Graham Trude

DLA: Kyle Baker

Shore Crew: Henry Williams, Cameron Baker, Alex Russel, Pete Rosenfeld, Al Fellowes-Bennett, Adrian Blight, Alice Dutton


Wind Speed: Force 2-3

Wind: NE

Visibility: Good


Photograph for illustrative purposes only. Credit: Kyle Baker

All enquiries: media@sidmouthlifeboat.org.uk

Summer arrives with two call outs for Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat in two days

Date: 04.06.23

Time paged: 19:52

Call out #: 9

Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat was tasked to reports of a possible body in the water off Clifton Beach. Coastguards arrived on scene first and confirmed the floating object was a piece of driftwood.

Sidmouth Lifeboat was then stood down and returned to the lifeboat station, while Sidmouth 2 was launched to remove the driftwood from the sea, to prevent the risk of potential future reporting.

After successfully collecting the object, Sidmouth 2 returned to shore at approximately 21:00.


Boat Crew: Kyle Baker (Helm), Ed Birch

Tractor Driver: Paul May

DLA: Andy Mitchell

Shore Crew: Guy Bennett, Ian Fletcher, Jim Brewster, Andy Hardy, Henry Williams, Al Fellows-Bennett, Adrian Blight


Wind Speed: Force 1-2

Wind: NE

Visibility: Good


Date: 05.06.23

Time paged: 17:57

Call out #: 10

Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat was tasked to a small yacht that had run aground by the Rock Islands. Sidmouth 2 was launched to assess the situation. The vessel was at anchor, but had drifted on the anchor closer to the shore and had taken on a small amount of water.

The Coastguard reported that this vessel had already required attendance twice on its journey, so the decision was made to move it to the safety of Exmouth Marina for the night.

Exmouth ALB was launched to rendezvous with Sidmouth 2 and complete the tow to the Marina.

Another successful multi-agency response with many thanks to all involved.


Boat Crew: Tony Martin (Helm), Jim Brewster

DLA: Si Priestley

Shore Crew: Guy Bennett, Kyle Baker, Ed Birch, Cameron Baker, Ben Lemaitre, Henry Williams


Wind Speed: Force 1-2

Wind: E

Visibility: Very Good


All enquired to media@sidmouthlifeboat.org.uk

Photo: Simon Vacher

A busy end to May for Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat

Date: 25.05.23

Time paged: 10:29

Call out #: 7

Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat alongside Sidmouth 2 were tasked to a casualty near Otterton Ledge/Danger Point. The Coastguard Helo and Exmouth Coastguard were also tasked.


Boat Crew: Si Priestley (Helm), Ed Birch (Helm), Jim Brewster, Graham Trude, Ben Lemaitre, Mark Davies

Tractor Driver: Ian Fletcher

DLA: Phil Shepperd

Shore Crew: Henry Williams, Adrian Blight


Wind Speed: Force 2

Wind: S

Visibility: Very Good


Date: 27.05.23

Time paged: 23:02

Call out #: 8

Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat along with Sidmouth 2 were tasked to a casualty on Salcombe Beach with a suspected broken leg. Lifeboat Crew administered First Aid on scene, before stretchering the casualty onto the lifeboat and back to Sidmouth for transfer to A&E.


Boat Crew: Tony Martin (Helm), Toby Hoggarth, Kyle Baker, Cameron Baker, Mark Davies (Helm), Jim Brewster, Ed Birch

Tractor Driver: Ian Fletcher

DLA: Andy Mitchell

Shore Crew: Andy Horsely, Pete Rosenfel, Henry Williams, Al Fellows-Bennett


Wind Speed: Force 1

Wind: N

Visibility: Good


All enquiries: media@sidmouthlifeboat.org.uk

NB: Photo for illustrative purposes only. Credit: Kyle Baker Photography and Videography

Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat latest callout

Date: 15.05.23

Time paged: 09:56

Call out #: 6

Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat was tasked to assist with a search for a missing person between Branscombe and Seaton Hole.

The Lifeboat crew worked with HART and Police on the incident and returned to station at 13:33.


Boat Crew: Guy Bennett (Helm), Jim Brewster, Paul May, Mark Davies

Tractor Driver: Graham Trude

DLA: Phil Shepperd

Shore Crew: Ben Lemaitre, Andy Mitchell, Adrian Blight


Wind Speed: Force 2

Wind: N

Visibility: Very Good


All enquiries: media@sidmouthlifeboat.org.uk

Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat search for high risk missing person

Date: 04.04.23

Time paged: 10:49

Call out #: 5

Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat was tasked to reports of a high risk missing person.

A close inshore search was conducted from Jacobs Ladder to Ladram Bay with nothing found.

At approximately 11:20 the missing person was located safe and well. The Lifeboat was stood down at 11:25 and returned to Sidmouth.


Boat Crew: Guy Bennett (Helm), Kyle Baker, Graham Trude, Ben Lemaitre

Tractor Driver: Pete Rosenfeld

DLA: Phil Shepperd

Shore Crew: Si Priestley, Ed Birch, Paul May, Mark Davies, Naomi Cook, Al Fellows-Bennett, Adrian Blight


Wind Speed: Force 3-4

Wind: SE

Visibility: Very Good


All enquiries: media@sidmouthlifeboat.org.uk

Photo for illustrative purposes only. Credit: Kyle Baker Photography & Videography

Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat respond to broken mayday call

Date: 12.03.23

Time paged: 12:27

Call out #: 4

Paged at 12:27 when Coastguard received a broken mayday call on their Beer Head aerial, from kayaker in trouble, no location received.

Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat was at sea at 12:36 and conducted a shoreline search from Sidmouth to Lyme Regis, with Lyme Lifeboat conducting a search eastwards.

Search stood down at 13:30 when kayaker was reported to have reached the shore near Lyme in an exhausted state.

Search stood down at 13:30, Sidmouth Lifeboat back at Sidmouth at 13:55.


Boat Crew: Ian Fletcher (Helm), Dave Pearce, Kyle Baker, Ed Birch.

Tractor Driver: Pete Rosenfeld

DLA: Andy Mitchell, Phil Shepperd

Shore Crew: Tony Martin, Jim Brewster, Cameron Baker, Paul May, Mark Davies, Adrian Blight.


Wind Speed: Force 3-4

Wind: SW

Visibility: Moderate


All enquiries: media@sidmouthlifeboat.org.uk

Photo for illustrative purposes only. Credit: Kyle Baker Photography & Videography

Mary Taylor, Sidmouth's launch vehicle, sits in the sun, on the sand, at low tide, on Sidmouth Beach, awaiting the return of the Lifeboat.

Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat assists man and dog cut off by tide at Otterton Ledge

Date: 19.02.23

Time paged: 11.47

Call out #: 3

Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat was tasked to assist a member of the public who had walked around Otterton Ledge from Budleigh Beach to assist their dog, after it had fallen from the top. Subsequently, the pair had been cut off by the tide.

Once on scene, the Lifeboat put a crewman ashore with our rescue sled, and recovered the dog and its owner to the Lifeboat.

Both were then safely dropped off to the Coastguard Team at Budleigh Beach.

Dog walkers and owners are reminded to please keep their dogs on leads when walking near cliff tops and edges.

Many thanks to all involved.


Boat Crew: Ian Fletcher (Helm), Guy Bennett, Ed Birch, Toby Hoggarth.

Tractor Driver: Paul May

DLA: Si Priestley

Shore Crew: Charli Higgins, Cameron Baker, Adrian Blight, Ben Lemaitre.


Wind Speed: Force 2

Wind: W

Visibility: Very Good


All enquiries: media@sidmouthlifeboat.org.uk

Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat rescues dog stranded on rocks

Date: 08.02.23

Time paged: 08:11

Callout #: 2

Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat was tasked to assist Beer Coastguard rescue a dog stranded on the rocks at King’s Hole, Beer.

Sidmouth 2 was launched and upon arriving on scene, the crew were able to place the bow against the rocks and assist the dog back to the shore, and to its grateful owners.

Many thanks to all involved.

Sidmouth 2 returns after assisting in the rescue of a dog stranded on the rocks at King’s Hole, Beer,

Boat Crew: Tony Martin (Helm), Graham Trude

DLA: Si Priestley

Shore Crew: Guy Bennett, Jim Brewster, Cameron Baker, Paul May, Mark Davies, Andy Horsley, Pete Rosenfeld, Al Fellows-Bennett, Ed Birch.


Wind Speed: Force 3

Wind: N

Visibility: Very Good


Note: Top photograph for illustrative purposes only. It shows Sidmouth 2 in training. No photos were taken during the callout. Credit: Kyle Baker Photography

All enquiries: media@sidmouthlifeboat.org.uk

Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat assists two persons cut off by tide at Beer Head

Date: 02.02.23

Time paged: 13:22

Callout #: 1

Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat was tasked to two persons cut off by the tide at Beer Head.

Sidmouth 2 was launched and on arrival, the two casualties were helped into the Lifeboat and taken back to Beer Beach, where they were handed over to the Coastguard.


Boat Crew: Jim Brewster (Helm), Kyle Baker

DLA: Si Priestley

Shore Crew: Ed Birch, Ben Lemaitre, Mark Davies, Naomi Cook


Wind Speed: Force 3

Wind: W

Visibility: Very Good


Note: Photograph for illustrative purposes only. It shows Sidmouth 2 in training. No photos were taken during the callout. Credit: Kyle Baker Photography

All enquiries: media@sidmouthlifeboat.org.uk

Latest callout for Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat

Date: 17.11.22

Time paged: 22:46

Callout #: 16

Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat was tasked to assist Devon & Cornwall Police with a high risk person at Ladram Bay. The lifeboat launched, but was stood down en route.

Many thanks to all involved.


Boat Crew: Guy Bennett (Helm), Dave Pearce, Kyle Baker, Ben Lemaitre

DLA: Simon Priestley

Tractor Driver: Ian Fletcher

Shore Crew: Jim Brewster, Martin Barnard, Paul May, Mark Davies, Andy Horsley


Wind Speed: Force 2

Wind: NW

Visibility: Good


All enquiries: media@sidmouthlifeboat.org.uk

Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat latest callout

Date: 13.11.22

Time Paged: 12:38pm

Callout #: 15

Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat was paged for an immediate launch request, to reports of two persons stranded on the rock island at Sidmouth Beach.

On arrival at the beach, the crew found the casualties already ashore and administered first aid. The casualties were further assisted by Beer Coastguard and South Western Ambulance Service.

We would like to remind everyone that when the wind is from the east or south east, strong currents can flow near the rock islands, making swimming potentially dangerous.

Many thanks to all involved.

____

Boat crew: Ian Fletcher (Helm), Martin Barnard, Dave Pearce

DLA: Andy Mitchell

Tractor Driver: Paul May

Shore Crew: Si Priestley, Jim Brewster, Cameron Baker, Eric Morison

____

Wind Speed: Force 4

Wind: SE

Visibility: Good

_____

All enquiries: media@sidmouthlifeboat.org.uk

Image for illustrative purposes only. Credit: Kyle Baker

Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat Latest Callout

Date: 29.10.22

Time Paged: 02:09

Callout #: 14

Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat was paged at 02:09 to potentially assist with a potential incident at Ladram Bay.

As crew assembled and readied to launch, the incident was resolved by police and Sidmouth Lifeboat was stood down at 02:38.

Many thanks to all involved.

____

Boat crew: Guy Bennett (Helm), Kyle Baker, Ed Birch, Cameron Baker

DLA: Andy Mitchell

Tractor Driver: Paul May

Shore Crew: Si Priestley

____

Wind Speed: Force 5

Wind: SE

Visibility: Moderate

_____

All enquiries: media@sidmouthlifeboat.org.uk

Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat tasked to investigate small catamaran on rocks

Date: 24.08.22

Time Launched: 17:45

Call out #: 13

Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat was tasked to investigate a small catamaran on the rocks at Whitecliff between Seaton Hole and Beer beach. The boat was located in a cave entrance badly damaged, thankfully with no casualties. The crew made sure the boat was in a safe position, ready for later recovery by Beer Coastguard Rescue Team.

____

Boat crew: Guy Bennett (Helm), Ian Fletcher, Kyle Baker, Toby Hoggarth

Tractor Driver: Paul May

DLA: Andy Mitchell

Shore Crew: Jim Brewster, Ed Birch, Cameron Baker, Mark Davies, Andy Horsely, Pete Rosenfeld, Eric Morison, Al Fellows-Bennett

____

Wind Speed: Force 1

Wind: SW

Visibility: Good

_____

All enquiries: media@sidmouthlifeboat.org.uk

Attached photo for illustration purposes only. Credit: Kyle Baker

Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat retasked three times in search for missing person

Date: 10.08.22

Time Launched: 19:30

Call out: # 10

Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat launched its Arctic 24 and Sidmouth 2 in a re-tasking to continue the afternoon’s search for a missing person.

Both Lifeboats conducted close inshore searches between Straight Point and Jacobs Ladder Beach. With failing light and nothing found, both vessels were stood down and returned to station.

__

Boat Crew: Ian Fletcher (Helm – Sidmouth Lifeboat), Ed Birch (Helm – Sidmouth 2), Si Priestley, Tony Martin, Jim Brewster, Ben Lemaitre

Tractor Driver: Paul May

DLA: Phil Shepperd

Shore Crew: Guy Bennett, Kyle Baker, Pete Rosenfeld, Andy Mitchell

___

Wind speed: Force 1

Wind: E

Visibility: Very Good

__________________

Date: 11.08.22

Time Launched: 05:45

Call out: #11

Sidmouth Lifeboat was re-tasked to continue yesterday’s search for a missing person. A close inshore search was carried out between Hook Ebb and Straight Point, but unfortunately nothing was found.

The lifeboat remained on standby to assist as needed.

__

Boat crew: Jim Brewster (Helm), Kyle Baker, Toby Hoggarth, Ben Lemaitre

Tractor Driver: Ian Fletcher

DLA: Phil Shepperd

Shore Crew: Guy Bennett, Si Priestley, Martin Barnard, Graham Trude, Paul May, Mark Davies, Andy Mitchell

___

Wind speed: Force 1

Wind: E

Visibility: Very Good

__________________

Date: 11.08.22

Time Launched: 15:08

Call out: #12

Sidmouth Lifeboat and Sidmouth 2 were launched to assist the Coastguard with the recovery of a body from the rock island off of Sidmouth. 

The casualty was transferred to Sidmouth 2 with the assistance of Sidmouth Lifeguards, and then to Sidmouth Lifeboat to be brought ashore. 

Police later confirmed that this recovery was in relation to the searches that had been carried out over the previous 36 hours.  

__

Boat crew: Guy Bennett (Helm – Sidmouth Lifeboat), Jim Brewster (Helm – Sidmouth 2), Graham Trude, Toby Hoggarth, Ed Birch

Tractor Driver: Paul May

DLA: Phil Shepperd

Shore Crew: Ian Fletcher, Tony Martin, Pete Rosenfeld

Lifeguards: Joshua Tatlock, Eve Cockayne-Cottrell

___

Wind speed: Force 1

Wind: NE

Visibility: Very Good

___
Enquires: media@sidmouthlifeboat.org.uk

Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat assist in search for missing person

Date: 10.08.22

Time launched: 10:05

Call out #: 9

Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat along with our local Coastguard colleagues were tasked to assist in the search for a missing person.

A thorough search was conducted between Salcombe Mouth and Big Picket at multiple distances from the shoreline, including close shoreline searches by Sidmouth Lifeguards.

The lifeboat returned to station at 13:45 to give the crew a well earned break from the heat. The Lifeboat was then re-tasked at 14:45 to continue the search alongside Exmouth ALB and Helicopter Rescue 187.

The search was extended to include Sandy Bay, but by 16:45 nothing further was found and the lifeboat returned to station at remained on stand-by for possible re-tasking.

___

Boat Crew: Martin Barnard (Helm), Kyle Baker, Toby Hoggarth, Mark Davies

Tractor Driver: Paul May

DLA: Si Priestley, Phil Shepperd

Shore Crew: Guy Bennett Jim Brewster Ben Lemaitre Pete Rosenfeld

Lifeguards: Guy Russell Henry Williams Joshua Miller

___

enquiries: media@sidmouthlifeboat.org.uk

Sidmouth Lifeboat

Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat assists nine people on broken down motor vessel

Date: 07.08.22

Time launched: 16:44

Callout # 8

Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat was tasked to assist a 21 foot motor vessel that had broken down, with a reported nine people onboard, including five children.

The vessel was believed to be located off Ladram Bay, but was located off Orcombe Point and taken in tow for return to Topsham. Assistance was requested from Exmouth RNLI to take the vessel on tow from the Estuary mouth to Exmouth Marina.

____

Boat Crew: Si Priestley (Helm), Guy Bennett, Ed Birch, Cameron Baker

Tractor Driver: Paul May

DLA: Andy Mitchell

Shore Crew: Ian Fletcher, Jim Brewster, Kyle Baker, Toby Hoggarth, Mark Davies, Andy Horsley, Brian Taylor

____

Wind speed: Force 1-2

Wind: S

Visibility: Good

Max Wave Height (m): 0.5

___


Enquires: media@sidmouthlifeboat.org.uk

Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat responds to reports of a swimmer in difficulty

Date: 31.07.22

Time Launched: 9:40

Callout #: 7

Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat was paged to reports of a swimmer in difficulty in the sea near Sidmouth Lifeboat Station.

Discussion took place with beach lifeguards who had just arrived on station, who had received reports of someone leaving the water; however, this casualty was unconfirmed. Details had been passed to Solent, and the decision was taken to launch.

Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat undertook a search along the coastline, westerly from Jacobs Ladder beach, and easterly to Salcombe Mouth.

After nothing was found, the lifeboat was stood down at 10.10.

___

Boat Crew: Si Priestley (Helm), Toby Hoggarth, Paul May

DLA: Andy Mitchell

Shore Crew: Guy Bennett, Cameron Baker, Andy Horsely

___

Wind speed:  Force 3

Wind: W

Visibility: Good

Max Wave Height (m): 0.5

Persons assisted: N/a


___


Enquires: media@sidmouthlifeboat.org.uk

Sidmouth Lifeboat assists in safe detonation of WW2 Ordinance Device

Date: 25.07.22

Time Launched: 16.15

Callout #: 6

Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat was tasked to set-up and patrol an exclusion area, seaward of Jacob’s Ladder, Sidmouth.

A World War II ordinance device had been found, and was subsequently safely detonated by the Royal Navy Explosive Unit.

___

Boat Crew: Si Priestley (Helm), Jim Brewster, Toby Hoggarth, Ben Lemaitre

Tractor Driver: Graham Trude

Shore Crew: Brian Taylor, Andy Hardy, Pete Rosenfeld, Andy Mitchell, Phil Shepperd

DLA: Ian Fletcher

Wind speed:  Force 2-3

Wind: NW

Visibility: Good

Max Wave Height (m): 0.5

Persons assisted: N/a



Enquires: media@sidmouthlifeboat.org.uk

Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat and Sidmouth Beach Lifeguards work together to assist casualty on seafront

Date: 25.06.22

Callout #: 5

At approximately 13.30, Sidmouth Lifeboat Crew were requested by Sidmouth Beach Lifeguards to provide assistance to an injured member of the public who had tripped on the kerb and was suffering with severe leg and hip pain

Sidmouth Lifeboat Crew administered pain relief on scene and provided first aid, with the support of Sidmouth Beach Lifeguards, until the ambulance arrived at approximately 14.00.

Thank you to everyone involved. We wish the casualty a speedy recovery!



Crew: Andy Mitchell, Jim Brewster


Wind speed: Force 5 Wind: S
Visibility: Good
Max Wave Height (m): 2
Persons assisted: 1



Note: Photograph for illustrative purposes only. No photos were taken during the callout. Credit: Kyle Baker Photography


Enquires: media@sidmouthlifeboat.org.uk

Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat and Lyme Regis Lifeboat work together to safely return two casualties to Sidmouth

Date: 17.06.22

Time Launched: 19:20

Callout #: 4

Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat was tasked to assist Lyme Regis Lifeboat with the transfer of casualties from a vessel under tow, back to Sidmouth. 


Using the Sea Rider (Sidmouth 2) Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat rendezvoused with Lyme Regis Lifeboat, and transferred the two casualties back to Sidmouth – both were tired, but otherwise well. 


Sidmouth 2 then returned to Lyme Regis Lifeboat and took the casualties’ vessel under tow, to bring the vessel back to Sidmouth, returning to station at 20:20.


Many thanks to everyone involved.



Boat crew: Tony Martin (Helm), Guy Bennett

Shore crew: Jim Brewster, Toby Hoggarth, Ed Birch, Paul May, Andy Mitchell

DLA: Si Priestley



Wind speed: Force 2-3Wind: SE
Visibility: Very Good
Max Wave Height (m): 1
Persons assisted: 2



Note: Photograph for illustrative purposes only. It shows Sidmouth 2 in training. No photos were taken during the callout. Credit: Kyle Baker Photography


Enquires: media@sidmouthlifeboat.org.uk

Sidmouth Lifeboat called out | Callout #2 | 13.05.22

Sidmouth Lifeboat was tasked by Solent at 08:28 to assist Devon & Cornwall Police and HM Coastguard in a search for a missing person.

A search was carried out from Ladram Bay to Salcombe Mouth and back.

After nothing was found, Sidmouth Lifeboat was stood down at 09.23.

Boat Crew: Jim Brewster (Helm), Dave Pearce, Kyle Baker, Ed Birch

Tractor Driver: Paul May

Shore Crew: Si Priestley, Guy Bennett, Ian Fletcher, Pete Rosenfeld, Ben Lemaitre

DLA: Andy Mitchell

Lost surfboard no cause for concern | Callout #1 | 19.02.22

Sidmouth Lifeboat was paged to a report of a surfboard that had washed ashore at Clifton Beach.

As the sea conditions were marginal for the launch of the Searider and with the Arctic off service, due to the trailer refurbishment, the decision was made not to attempt a Searider launch unless absolutely necessary.

Sidmouth Lifeboat crew met with HM Coastguard at Clifton Beach, where the board was reunited with its owner.

Meanwhile, Coxswain Guy Bennett had been out surfing, so was able to monitor the surfer in question after he lost his board when the leash snapped, ensuring he was able to safely swim back to shore.

Sidmouth Lifeboat responds to reports of drifting kayak

29th November 2021 | 10:56

Solent Coastguard requested Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat investigate an empty kayak, reported to be drifting close to the shore at Sandy Cove, to the east of Ladram Bay.

Sidmouth 2 launched and proceeded to the area, before conducting a thorough search of the area from Jacobs Ladder to Brandy Head.

With nothing found, and Solent not in contact with the first informant, the lifeboat was stood down with thanks.

Boat Crew: Ian Fletcher (Helm), Jim Brewster.

Shore Crew: Guy Bennett, Martin Barnard, Andy Horsely, Peter Rosenfeld, Mark Davies.

DLA: Phil Shepperd.

Sidmouth Lifeboat assists Air Ambulance and Coastguard with head injury

28th November 2021.

Crew member Brian Taylor and Support Team member Keith Bartles rendered assistance to Devon Air Ambulance and the Coastguard when a young boy fell from the promenade onto beach.

The casualty sustained head injuries when he hit the exposed concrete ledge below.

Sidmouth Lifeboat’s First Aid kit was used to provide first responder care to the casualty, who was conscious throughout.

The casualty was taken to RD&E for further treatment and we wish him a speedy recovery.

Callout | 14.11.21

17:08 – Sidmouth Lifeboat was tasked to two people in the water following a capsize off of Seaton.

Lyme Lifeboat had already been tasked, along with Coastguard Helo R187 and Beer Coastguard, and requesting assistance.

With one casualty already ashore, a second casualty was picked up by Lyme Lifeboat, just as Sidmouth Lifeboat was launching. However, one person was still missing as darkness fell.

Sidmouth 2 and Exmouth Lifeboat both launched. With three lifeboats and the Helo searching, and Exmouth Lifeboat on its way, the missing casualty was located by the Helo and picked up by Lyme Lifeboat. The casualty was then winched by the Helo and taken ashore.

Lyme and Exmouth were stood down while Sidmouth Lifeboat took the casualty vessel in tow for recovery at Beer Beach.

Boat Crew: Ian Fletcher (Helm), Martin Barnard, Jim Brewster, Toby Hoggarth

Sidmouth 2 Boat Crew: Tony Martin, Cameron Baker

Tractor Driver: Paul May

DLA: Phil Shepperd

Shore Crew: Andy Mitchell, Andy Horsely, Brian Taylor, Andy Hardy, Peter Rosenfeld, Guy Bennett, Kyle Baker

Callout | 26.10.21

Sidmouth 2 tasked to assist police and coastguard searching for a missing person at Ladram Bay.

After an hour at sea, lifeboat crew stood down following a positive outcome.

Boat Crew: Ian Fletcher, Kyle Baker.

Shore Crew: Brian Taylor, Andy Horsely, Andy Mitchell, Guy Bennett, Peter Rosenfeld.

Sidmouth Lifeboat recovers after an early morning callout on 24th September 2021

Callout | 24.09.21

At 5.01am, Sidmouth Lifeboat launched and commenced a shoreline search for a vulnerable missing person, along with Sidmouth and Beer coastguard teams, police and Sidmouth Fire Service.

Police had already conducted a search of the seafront area with no success.

The missing person was found safe and well in the Port Royal vicinity, and all units were stood down.

Crew: Jim Brewster (Helm), Guy Bennett, Simon Priestley, Cameron Baker.

Tractor: Brian Taylor.

Shore crew: Andy Mitchell, Pete Rosenfeld, Martin Barnard.

DLA: Phil Shepperd

Sidmouth Lifeboat tows a stricken boat to safety

Callouts | 20.09.21

At around 18:15, a member of the public contacted Sidmouth Lifeboat boathouse to report that his son had phoned him from his kayak and was struggling to paddle back in against the tide.

The lifeboat launched and located the kayaker, a little tired but otherwise in good spirits, around 1.5 miles off the coast of Sidmouth.

Both the kayaker and kayak were taken aboard and returned to Sidmouth.

Sidmouth Lifeboat then immediately responded to a Pan Pan for a broken down vessel off Sherborne Rocks. On arrival it was established that the vessel was having engine trouble and required a tow back to Axmouth Harbour.

The vessel was well-maintained, had recently been serviced and all persons on board had lifejackets. The owner had a good knowledge of the sea conditions, a VHF radio and appropriate training. They had done everything right, which just goes to show that sometimes things just happen that are out of your control which highlights the importance of being properly equipped for the sea.

Sidmouth Lifeboat crew towed the vessel back to Axmouth and the Lifeboat returned to station.

Helm: Si Priestley

Crew: Ed Birch, Katrina McIlveen, Tony Martin

Tractor Driver: Pete Rosenfeld

Shore Crew: Cameron Baker, Jim Brewster, Brian Taylor, Kyle Baker

DLA: Andy Mitchell

Media enquiries: media@sidmouthlifeboat.org.uk

Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat

Callouts 25.08.21 | 18:35

Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat was tasked to two persons reported to be in difficulty on Little Picket Rock. On arrival, the Lifeboat assessed both individuals and determined they were well and both wearing wetsuits.

Due to the rising tide, the Lifeboat monitored their progress back to Jacobs Ladder Beach where they were met by Beer Coastguard Rescue Team and provided with safety advice.

Just after being stood down from the first tasking, but while still on the water, Sidmouth Lifeboat was re-tasked to reports of two paddleboarders in difficulty in the tidal waters by Exmouth Harbour. Exmouth RNLI was also tasked.

On arrival, the Lifeboat identified the two individuals as having made it safely to the shore.

Stood down at approx. 20:30. Many thanks to all involved.

Helm: Tony Martin.

Tractor Drivers: Guy Bennet, Andy Horsely.

Boat Crew: Dave Pearce, Jim Brewster, Toby Hoggarth.

Shore Crew: Andy Mitchell, Cameron Baker, Ed Birch, Paul May.

Launch Authority: Ian Fletcher

Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat
Photo: Cameron Baker

CALLOUT | 22.06.21 | 00:06

Sidmouth Lifeboat was tasked to evacuate a casualty with a suspected broken ankle from Littlecombe Shute.

The casualty had already been attended to and stretchered to the shore by Beer Coastguard Rescue Team, who then stretchered her 450m along the shore, to a point they believed would be accessible to the lifeboat in the prevailing conditions.

Both Sidmouth Lifeboat and Sidmouth 2 launched. Despite the swell, total darkness and numerous submerged rocks, Coxswain Guy Bennett managed to get the bow of the lifeboat onto the beach for long enough to allow the casualty to be taken aboard in a stretcher and brought safely back to Sidmouth.

Following a net recovery, the casualty was transferred to South Western Ambulance Service.

Many thanks to all involved.

Boat Crew: Guy Bennett (Helm); Dave Pearce, Kyle Baker, Toby Hoggarth, Tony Martin, Martin Barnard.

Shore Crew: Jim Brewster, Katrina McIlveen, Mark Davies, Andy Mitchell, Pete Rosenfeld, Andy Horsely, Cameron Baker

Tractor Driver: Ian Fletcher

DLA: Phil Shepperd

Callout 13.06.21 | 12:16

Sidmouth Lifeboat Crew were tasked to a lady who had fallen on the slope down to the beach. The casualty had sustained a suspected fracture and a cut to her ankle, with bruising and swelling.The Lifeboat Crew provided fist aid, applied a vacuum splint and stretchered the casualty into the boathouse to wait for family to take her to hospital.We wish the casualty a very speedy recovery. Many thanks to all involved.

Sidmouth Lifeboat_Latest callout_15.04.21_1040

Callout 15.04.21 | 10:40

In the third callout within 24 hours, Sidmouth Lifeboat launched to assist the coastguard with a search for a missing male. The lifeboat conducted a shore line search between Ladram Bay and Salcombe Mouth.

After nothing was found, the lifeboat was stood down at 12:45.

Once again, many thanks to all involved.

Sidmouth Lifeboat Logo

Callout 15.04.21 | 03:05

Sidmouth Lifeboat was placed on immediate standby, kitted up at the lifeboat station, to assist police and coastguard with a potential incident. Not related to the callout earlier in the evening. At 04:00 the incident had resolved and all units were stood down.Many thanks to everyone involved.

Sidmouth Lifeboat Callout 14 April at 2000

Callout 14.04.21 | 20:00

Whilst returning to station following a training session, Sidmouth Lifeboat was tasked to assist Devon & Cornwall Police alongside Beer Coastguard Rescue Team, Exmouth Coastguard Rescue Team and Exmouth RNLI. Following an extensive search from Ladram Bay to Salcombe Mouth, then Sidmouth to Salcombe Mouth, Sidmouth Lifeboat was stood down.

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.

Callout 04.02.21 | 00:22

Sidmouth Lifeboat was paged at 00:22, on standby to assist Exmouth Coastguard Rescue TeamBeer Coastguard Rescue TeamDevon & Cornwall Police and Senior Coastguard operations officer to an incident on the coast.

Sidmouth Lifeboat stood down without needing to launch at 01:20.

As always, many thanks to everyone involved.

Sidmouth Lifeboat Logo

Callout 01.02.21 | 20:15

Sidmouth Lifeboat was paged to assist Beer Coastguard, Exmouth Coastguard, Devon & Cornwall Police, Coastguard Helo and Senior Coastguard Operations Officer with an incident on the coast.

The incident had a successful outcome before the lifeboat launched. Thank you to everyone involved.

Sidmouth Lifeboat's tractor sits underneath a grey sky. The words '2 callouts in 24 hours' overlay the image

Callout 28.01.21 | 12:50

Sidmouth Lifeboat launched to provide safety cover to a cliff rescue operation, being undertaken by Beer Coastguard Rescue Team, of a young woman who had slipped off the coast path, fallen 100 feet down the cliff and was on a ledge 80 feet above the rocks between Beer and Seaton.

The NPAS Helicopter was also in attendance to help locate the lady.

After the rescue operation had been successfully completely, Sidmouth Lifeboat returned to station at 13:58.

A great multi-agency response with a very good outcome. Thank you to all involved.

Boat Crew:
Jim Brewster
Graham Trude
Dave Pearce
Toby Hoggarth

Tractor Driver:
Peter Rosenfeld

Sidmouth Lifeboat returns to station after its latest callout

Callout 27.01.21 | 23:25

Tasked alongside Beer Coastguard Rescue Team and Exmouth Coastguard Rescue Team to assist Devon & Cornwall Police with an incident on the coast.

After a good result, Sidmouth Lifeboat was stood down at 00:20.

Thank you to everyone involved.

Boat crew:

  • Simon Priestley
  • Tony Martin
  • Kyle Baker
  • Toby Hoggarth

Tractor:

  • Ian Fletcher

Shore Crew:

  • Jim Brewster
  • Peter Rosenfeld

DLA:

  • Phil Shepperd
Sidmouth Lifeboat's tractor Mary Taylor sits in the dark outside the lifeboat station after responding to a shout

Callout 11.01.21 | 18:01

Sidmouth Lifeboat was tasked following reports of a kayaker who had come ashore near Budleigh and was in a disorientated state.

The lifeboat launched and proceeded to the mouth of the River Otter, where the person in question had been located with a dinghy by Exmouth Coastguard Rescue Team on the other side of the river. The casualty was cut off by the tide and showing signs of hypothermia.

Lifeboat crew swam across the river, which was running hard, to reach the casualty’s position and brought him back across, where he was then handed to Exmouth Coastguard and South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust. Sidmouth Lifeboat was then stood down.

Many thanks to all involved.

Helm: Tony Martin

Boat Crew: Guy Bennett, Kyle Baker, Dave Pearce

Tractor: Ian Fletcher

Although the boathouse is currently closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, Sidmouth Lifeboat’s volunteer crew is still on call 24/7. If you’d like to donate to Sidmouth Lifeboat, please head here.

Sidmouth Lifeboat Logo

Callout 01.01.21 | 20:18

Tasked to assist Devon & Cornwall police and Beer Coastguard Rescue Team in search for a high risk missing person. Stood down on launch. Many thanks to all involved.

Callout 11.11.20 | 08:47

Sidmouth Lifeboat was tasked to assist Beer Coastguard Rescue team, after concerns were raised for a dinghy with two males aboard heading out to Beer Head in heavy swell. Sidmouth Lifeboat arrived on scene as Beer Coastguard had reached the casualties, whose dinghy had washed up on the rocks. Beer and Lyme Coastguard teams assisted the two casualties up to the cliff top, where they were interviewed by the police and given plenty of safety advice about conditions and what safety equipment they should have been wearing or have with them. All units were then stood down. Sidmouth Lifeboat was stood down at 09:46.

Boat crew: Ian Fletcher (Helm), Graham Trude, Dave Pearce, Toby Hoggarth.

Shore crew: Katrina McIlveen, Jim Brewster, Brian Taylor, Guy Bennett.

Tractor driver: Peter Rosenfeld

DLA: Andy Mitchell

Sea conditions: Wind SSW F 4-6

Sea state: Moderate sea, swell 1.5-2m

While back on station preparing the boat for service, the crew took part in a two minute silence in honour of Armistice Day. Today, we remember those who have served and/or lost their lives in wars across the world. #lestweforget

Callout 19.10.20 | 09:07

Sidmouth Lifeboat was tasked to assist Beer Coastguard Rescue Team and Exmouth RNLI in a search from Ladram Bay to Weston Mouth, following reports of a kitesurf board being washed up on Ladram Bay.

The lifeboat launched, before being stood down on route to Ladram Bay, as confirmation was received that the board in question had been washed off Exmouth beach yesterday.

Thank you to everyone involved.

Callout 09.10.20 | 22:18

Sidmouth Lifeboat was tasked to assist Devon and Cornwall police, Beer Coastguard and Exmouth Coastguard with a search for a person in the Peak Hill area of Sidmouth.Concerns for the welfare of a lady had been raised by a member of the public.

Sidmouth Lifeboat undertook a shoreline search from Sidmouth to Ladram Bay, the police helicopter searched from the air, Beer and Exmouth coastguards teams searched from Sidmouth to Ladram Bay on land.

No persons were found and with no reports of anybody missing the search was called off.

Sidmouth Lifeboat was stood down around 00:00.As usual, many thanks to everyone involved.

Boat Crew: Guy Bennett, Kyle Baker, Tony Martin, Martin Barnard

Shore Crew: Paul May, Cameron Baker

Tractor Driver: Ian Fletcher

DLA: Andy Mitchell

Callout 15.09.20 | 22:10

Sidmouth Lifeboat launched to assist Exmouth RNLI ALB and ILB and Exmouth Coastguard Rescue Team to search for a stand up paddleboarder, last seen of one mile off Budleigh Salterton.

The lifeboat carried out a close inshore search from Sidmouth to Weston in a stiff offshore NW wind, utilising infrared and search lights to conduct a thorough nighttime search of area, before being stood down at 22:47 with nothing found.

A member of the public has since came forward with further information stating that the person concerned was safe and well. If you’d like to follow our progress whilst on a call out, as well as the progress of other lifeboats and marine traffic, you can do so via apps and websites such as ShipFinder and MarineTraffic.

Crew: Simon Priestley, Guy Bennett, Kyle Baker, Jim Brewster

DLA: Andy Mitchell

Tractor Driver: Ian Fletcher

Shore Crew: Toby Hoggarth, Brian Taylor, Peter Rosenfeld, Martin Barnard