Salcombe RNLI called out seven times in a week

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Salcombe RNLI called out seven times in a week

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Salcombe RNLI has been called out seven times in a week.  

The volunteer crews at Salcombe RNLI have been called out seven times in a week, to various jobs including vessels with no steering and engine failure. 

On Monday, 16 August, the All Weather Lifeboat ALB launched to assist a "eight-and-a-half tonne gaff cutter with no steering reported to be about 0.5 nautical miles off Soar Mill Cove". 

Earlier that morning, the ALB launched to assist a 33 foot vessel four nautical miles south of Start Point. 

On Sunday, 15 August, the Inshore Lifeboat ILB was launched to a PanPan call to a yacht in difficulties. A PanPan call is a "standard urgency signal that someone aboard a boat, ship, aircraft, or other vehicle uses to declare that they have a situation that is urgent, but for the time being, does not pose an immediate danger to anyone's life or to the vessel itself."

On Saturday, 14 August, the ALB launched to a fishing vessel with steering failure six nautical miles south east of Salcombe. 

On Friday, 13 August, the ALB launched to a 14 metre yacht with a fouled propeller off Bolt Head. 

On Monday, 9 August, the ILB launched to a emergency position-indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) signal in the vicinity of Bolt Head. 
 
All apart from one member of the Salcombe RNLI crew is a volunteer and are always ready to respond to a call for help off our coasts. 
 
The BBC Documentary Saving Lives at Sea starts again on 24 August at 10pm on BBC Two. It follows the work of all the RNLI crews around the country. 
 
Image: The Salcombe ILB, credit Salcombe RNLI 
 

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