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Salcombe RNLI and Hope Cove Lifeboat were among the emergency services called when a man fell overboard from a fishing boat off Bolt Tail.
One of the crew of the fishing vessel Sidney Rose found out how important their personal locator beacon (PLB) on Friday, 3 September, when they fell overboard at 10.50am.
At 10.50am, HM Coastguard were alerted to the activation of a PLB approximately seven nautical miles off the coast of Bolt Tail, Devon. Plymouth and Salcombe RNLI lifeboats were launched, alongside Hope Cove Independent lifeboat and the search and rescue helicopter from Newquay.At 11.25am, a Mayday call was received from the fishing vessel the Sidney Rose, with captain Ben reporting that one of his crew was missing. He had awoken from his bunk to find the crewman missing, as well as a lifejacket with a PLB attached.
Even when you do everything right, it can still all go wrong when you are miles from shore with only a floating vessel between you and the deep blue sea.
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