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Plymouth Lifeboat Station is part of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, the charity that saves lives at sea. The RNLI provides an on call, 24-hour lifeboat search and rescue service around the UK and Ireland.
A lifeboat has been based in Plymouth since 1803 and today Plymouth is home to two Lifeboats, the larger Severn Class All Weather Lifeboat 'Sybil Mullen Glover' and the smaller but faster Atlantic 75 Inshore Lifeboat 'Millenium Forrester'.
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Total Shouts so far this year - ALB 45 and ILB 59 - TOTAL (104)
Monday 9th December - 08:49 - ALB - Two sections of a vessel found split in half 22nm South of Plymouth. The lifeboat from Salcombe was also launched to assist. It was established that the vessel may have been linked to a previous incident a few days ago further down the coast. All persons had been accounted for at the time, so the Lifeboat crew recovered the wreckage from the water and returned to station.
Saturday 23rd November - 22:59 - Both boats - Assist Police in a search for a missing person in the Wembury Bay area. The ILB was tasked to conduct a shoreline search of the area, and the ALB which was launched to assist 40mins after the ILB was stood down enroute as the person was located by Police.
Plymouth lifeboat crew called out in 63 mile an hour gales
Author: Barry Perrins
Both of the Plymouth lifeboats were called to two separate incidents early this afternoon (Sunday 20 October). The incidents occurred at midday after a sudden 55knot wind and torrential downpour caught many by surprise on both land and sea.
In the first callout the Plymouth inshore lifeboat the Millennium Forester responded to reports of two people in the water during a yacht race at Torpoint. However, the situation was resolved before arriving on scene. The inshore lifeboat was then diverted to join its big brother the all-weather lifeboat Sybil Mullen Glover. This second ‘shout’ was a response to a potentially serious situation in the Fort Bovisand area at the eastern side of Plymouth sound.
An 8 meter open sailing boat with five people on board had found themselves over powered by the high winds and turbulent conditions and had been blown on to the rocks. Upon arrival the all-weather lifeboat launched its small auxiliary boat known as a ‘y’boat. This was to enable two lifeboat crew members to get in close to the casualty boat and report on the situation. Communications via marine band radio were then established with the distressed sailors who had now managed to scramble up on to the rocks and relative safety.
With rough conditions along the shoreline and with waves breaking up on the rocks, it was considered safer to not to transfer the uninjured casualties to the lifeboat but to allow them to access a path up to waiting coast guard personnel and safety.
After ensuring that all the sailing boat crew were out of danger and the situation was secure, both of Plymouth’s lifeboats returned to station at Millbay marina.
Millennium Forester formally welcomed back to Plymouth RNLI after refit
Author: Tamsin Thomas
A special service of rededication has been held today (Saturday 14 September) to welcome the Plymouth RNLI inshore lifeboat back to the station after a major refit.
The Atlantic class Millennium Forester has been based in the city since 2004. She’s co-located at the RNLI lifeboat station in Millbay Marina with the Severn class all-weather lifeboat Sybil Mullen Glover.
The event, which was held at West Hoe Harbour in Plymouth under blue skies and sunshine, formally welcomed the lifeboat back to the station after her refit and confirmed her position as one of two RNLI lifeboats serving the port. At the service of rededication the lifeboat was handed back in to the care of the local volunteers by Captain Hugh Fogarty MN (Retd), RNLI Head of Operations (Operational Support) who said;
‘It seems very right to be here today as I officiated at the original naming ceremony for Millennium Forester back in July of 2001. She was to be based at five different lifeboat stations before coming to Plymouth in 2004 and before she started her RNLI life in Devon she had already carried out 110 rescues.’
Hugh, who was also an RNLI Inspector in the south west some twenty years ago, praised the work of the Plymouth RNLI volunteers, both afloat and ashore and thanked the Independent Order of Foresters who donated the lifeboat to the charity to mark the millennium.
The lifeboat was rededicated by Lady Ann Gerken who poured champagne down a long orange chute to the bow of the Millennium Forester, which was lying afloat in a dock. The tube had been hand crafted especially for the occasion when it became obvious that the lifeboat would be out of arm’s length when it came to pouring the champagne over her bow.
Three loud cheers marked the completion of the ceremony. Afterwards Lady Ann was presented with a bouquet of flowers by 6 year old Oliver Brown, son of crew volunteer Mike Brown.
During the event a presentation was also made to former volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager Malcolm Flintoff to mark the commitment and time he gave to Plymouth RNLI over 13 years.
Dave Milford, RNLI Coxswain at Plymouth, who gave a reading during the service of rededication, says the ceremony was very fitting;
‘Our lifeboats are very important and we take pride in acknowledging their role and welcoming them back to the station. Millennium Forester is now back in action and ready to react to emergencies just has she has done here in Plymouth since 2004.’
Plymouth lifeboats called on service to swimmers in distress
Author: Barry Perrins
The volunteer crews of both of the RNLI’s lifeboats were called out last night at 9pm (9 September) after reports that two swimmers at Bovisand bay had gone missing.
Although the all-weather lifeboat Sybil Mullen Glover and the inshore lifeboat Millennium Forester had prepared themselves for an extensive search in the dark, the two casualties believed to be in their twenties, were located and taken to shore within a short space of time.
After an assessment by RNLI and coastguard personnel, an ambulance was called to evacuate the two young swimmers under medical supervision who were both suffering from exposure. The situation changed however when one of the men started to show signs of hypothermia. With the Bovisand area being difficult to access by road and the RNLI Plymouth lifeboat having its own medic on board, it was decided to then transfer the casualty to the lifeboat.
Following a fast run back to Millbay marina the casualty was then taken under the care of the ambulance service.
Plymouth RNLI lifeboat Coxswain David Milford said; ‘The two men were very lucky to have been found so quickly. Anymore time spent in the water and the outcome of the situation could have been very different. They are both lucky to be alive.'
Dismasted yacht rescued by RNLI Plymouth lifeboat
Author: Barry Perrins
The Plymouth all-weather lifeboat and her volunteer crew were called out to the mouth of the river Yealm at 3.45pm yesterday (Monday 12 August) to a report of a dismasted sailing yacht.
The boat with two men and a woman on board was believed to have been out sailing when her mast came down and disabled the craft.
Upon arriving on-scene Coxswain David Milford ordered that the lifeboats’ auxiliary boat known as a ‘Y’boat be launched. The small inflatable with it’s out-board engine took two RNLI crewmen over to the casualty yacht to give assistance. With the wreckage of it’s downed mast strewn about the deck, the 7.5 meter vessel was clearly disabled and was drifting uncontrollably in blustery conditions.
After the yacht and it’s crew of three had been made safe the stricken vessel was then taken in-tow by the Plymouth lifeboat Sybil Mullen Glover and returned safely to her birth on the River Plym.
Plymouth RNLI Lifeboats have their longest day
Author: Barry Perrins
With seven shouts, a total of ten hours at sea and eight people rescued, the volunteer RNLI Plymouth lifeboat crews called it their ‘longest day’.
Starting on Saturday (20.07.13) a busy weekend was expected in Plymouth with both tourists and locals taking to the water to enjoy the sunshine. Although the weather was generally good, a stiff breeze from the east and choppy conditions out at sea managed to catch a few people by surprise.
At 10.11am the first pager alert of the day sent the inshore lifeboat to Wembury Bay and a capsized sailing dinghy that had ended up on the rocks. The sailor was safely assisted to shore before the crew of the inshore lifeboat was re-tasked to a missing diver alert at Penlee point. At this time the RNLI Plymouth all-weather lifeboat was launched with its seven man crew to join the missing diver search.
With windy conditions and a strong current running the Scuba diver was eventually located in swell off Rame head. After surfacing the male diver was brought on-board the inshore lifeboat and found to be uninjured.
After a short break in operations, at 1.15pm the RNLI Severn class Plymouth all-weather lifeboat was re-launched to a 9 meter sailing yacht with a fouled propeller. The boat was also reported to be blowing on to rocks near the Mewstone. Upon arriving on the scene it was evident that the casualty yacht had managed to drop an anchor to prevent itself from drifting further into danger. In an area normally sheltered from prevailing westerly winds, Saturday’s unseasonal easterlies made conditions on the eastside of the Mewstone hazardous.
While the Yacht and its three crew were being taken in tow and safely berthed at Plymouth Yacht Haven, the RNLI inshore lifeboat was tasked to a male with suspected broken ankle near Barnpool at Mount Edgcumbe. A male was then taken to Millbay Marina and transferred to an ambulance for medical attention.
After returning to station for what was expected to be a well earned rest, at 6.10pm. the crews of both Plymouth lifeboats were called out yet again, this time to a six meter sports boat. The vessel with two occupants was reported to be sinking in Whitsand Bay.
When arriving on scene the male and female crew of the casualty boat were immediately taken onboard the all-weather lifeboat. An appraisal of the situation was then quickly made. Using a salvage pump the sinking boat was then dried out before being taken under tow by the smaller of the two lifeboats back to Plymouth. Both the RNLI lifeboats returned home to station at 8p.m.
With eleven ‘shouts’ since Monday including seven of those being on Saturday it’s no wonder the volunteer Plymouth lifeboat crews are calling it their ‘longest day’.
IF YOU SEE AN EMERGENCY ON THE COAST ALWAYS DIAL 999 AND ASK FOR THE COASTGUARD