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Kingsbridge Coastguard Rescue Team have been called out four times this week

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Kingsbridge Coastguard Rescue Team have been called out four times this week

Kingsbridge Coastguard Rescue Team has been called out to a medical evacuation, a person in the water and two investigations in the last seven days. 

On Tuesday, 21 May, at around 5.30pm, just as the crews were gathering for a cliff rescue training session, Kingsbridge and Bigbury Coastguard Rescue teams were tasked by Falmouth Coastguard to Kingsbridge Pontoon, to a casualty who had sustained a "serious leg injury after a fall". 

credit Kingsbridge Coastguard Rescue Team 

A spokesperson for Kingsbridge Coastguard Rescue Team said: "Arriving on scene the casualty was already in the care of paramedics from South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, but needed evacuating off the pontoon.

#"Coastguard Rescue Officers evacuated the casualty off the pontoon in one of our stretchers, and into the awaiting ambulance. We wish the casualty a speedy recovery."

The next day, on 22 May, just after midday, Kingsbridge Coastguard Rescue Team were tasked by Falmouth Coastguard to Hope Cove on Wednesday, after a report from the Harbour Master came in of "some potential boat debris had washed in, including some flares".

After an investigation, and ensuring that no vessel was in distress, the team were left to make arrangements for the flares which were out of date and needed to be taken for disposal. With that in mind Dartmouth Coastguard Rescue Team were then tasked to collect the flares and take them for safe disposal.
The spokesperson continued: "It is illegal to dump flares at sea, illegal to dump them on land and illegal to let them off in anything other than an emergency. Ultimately the responsibility for the safe disposal of time expired flares rests with their owner."

Two days later, on Friday, 24 May, at around 8am, the team was tasked to a person in the water at South Sands, Salcombe. Devon and Cornwall Police and Salcombe RNLI were also called to the scene. 

credit Kingsbridge Coastguard Rescue Team 

The spokesperson added: "Not long after arriving on scene, the person was located inland by Police. Thanks to the staff at Harbour Beach Club, and Bo's Beach Cafe South Sands."

Finally, on Saturday, 25 May, the team was called to a report of clothing found on South Milton Sands. 

The spokesperson concluded: "After a search of the immediate area, and happy no one was in distress the team gathered the belongings, as well as some rubbish that was with the items and took them off the beach."

The belongings included:
2x Size 11 shoe in white 
2x Size 11 shoe in black 
1x Odd shoe size 7 
2x Pairs of jogging bottoms 
1x White Pair of socks 
6x towels

Remember if a coastal emergency, dial 999 ask for the Coastguard.

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