30/08/17 – Called at 1518 to day sailing boat about to go on to the rocks at Thurlestone as not able to make way. Boat taken under tow with 4 persons on board and returned to Hope Harbour.

06/08/17 – Called at 1507 to overturned kayaks off Bantham beach, both recovered by lifeguards as the boat arrived, then tasked to swimmer caught in cove beyond Burgh Island. All made safe and the boat returned to Hope Cove.

01/08/17 – Called at 1520 to sailing dinghy being washed towards rocks between Mouthwell Beach and Beacon Beach. Enterprise with 2 on board had broken rudder, taken under tow and returned to Harbour beach. As the boat was being recovered asked if we could tow a broken down power boat from within the bay to Harbour beach as well.

19/07/17 – Called at 1500 to search for missing white power boat departed from Hope Cove. Searched area from River Erme to Hope cove when stood down as boat safe in Kingsbridge.

23/06/17 – Called to search for kayaker lost off Bantham beach for 40 plus minutes before we were alerted. Had fallen from kayak in the River Avon and been swept out by currents. Rescued one person and also brought swimmer in as well who had swum out to help.

17/10/16 – 1329 called to windsurfer in trouble off Thurlestone beach, boat launched on one of the lowest tides of the year to find 72 year old on windsurfer with broken mast. Escorted back to the nearby beach and lifeboat recovered.

08/09/16 – Called out to investigate unmanned drifting dingy off Thurlestone beach. Once identified as tender from sailing boat, owner contacted and made aware of the position.

13/08/16 – 2000 Lifeboat and Coastguards called out to 3 young people missing on body boards off Challaborough. Launched and left harbour and then stood down as all 3 found safe and well.

10/08/16 – 1530 Crew called out to search for missing swimmer alleged to have attempted to swim around Burgh Island. Joined by both Salcombe Lifeboats and CG helicopter plus two RNLI lifesaver inflatables from Bantham. Thorough search along the  coast and out to sea and up the Avon carried out, coordinated by MCA group, and eventually all parties stood down at 1815.

13/07/16 – 1330 Crew paged to attend a broken down boat in Burgh Island area, crew arrived at station and then stood down. When leaving the station an upturned boat spotted with one person on hull and one in the water off Hope Cove, returned to station informed Coast Guard and self launched, boat was approx .5 mile off Beacon beach. Righted boat and escorted two crew back to Harbour beach. Boat rescued was a Catamaran from Hope Harbour beach. One of the crew had banged her head so was checked over by the RNLI Lifeguards before ambulance arrived. A good coordinated group effort by the emergency services, RNLI Lifeguards and the crew of the HCLB.

08/05/16 – 16.30 Launched to rescue women on the seaward side of the Hope Cove breakwater who had fallen and broken her ankle and was unable to get onshore. Safely recovered and was then taken to Derriford Hospital.

07/05/16 – 19.30 called out to 2 anglers cut off by tide on a rock on the West side of the River Erme. Picked up and delivered to the Coastguards at Mothecombe slipway.

21/04/16 – 12.50 Called to windsurfer in difficulty in high winds off Burgh Island. Located clinging to crab-pot buoy about half to three quarters of a mile South of the island having ditched her rig. Brought on board the lifeboat with board, then crew searched for and recovered rig and then returned safely to shore.

19/04/16 – Called to Cabin cruiser that had pulled its anchor and drifting unmanned off Challaborough beach, at the same time the tender had slipped its rope from the shore and was also drifting East from Burgh Island. Owner of cruiser stuck on Burgh Island. Tender picked up and returned to cruiser with owner who had borrowed a canoe. Other crew member stuck on shore with tiller to the tender! All reunited after various trips to and fro in the lifeboat.

05/04/16 – Called out at 2019 to look for 8 children reported missing in the vicinity of Challaborough beach, searching with the Police and Coastguard. They were located within the camp safe and well so stood down at 2212. False Alarm with Good Intent.

14/10/15 – Called out at 2345 to some unidentified lights off Burgh Island. Using the thermal imaging the coast line was searched and a group of netters were found and checked on to see that they were safe and then the boat stood down.

06/10/15 – Mid-day called to person in the water on offshore side of Bigbury Island. Boat launched into very large swell and made way across bay. Swimmer had by the time we arrived in the area just made it ashore on the landward side of the island.  Yet again people entering the water in deteriorating conditions without realising the risk. Recovered boat to Harbour beach as swell making it dangerous to use slipway at Inner Hope.

19/09/15 – Mid-morning called to unmanned inflatable dingy reported drifting in Bigbury bay, while on the way to search area discovered a 16ft angling boat broken down with one occupant. This was taken under tow to the Avon and safely moored in Bantham. Search then resumed for drifting inflatable, found full of leaves and rubbish so presumed to have washed off from somewhere in high tides, recovered to Hope Cove. While lifeboat being recovered tasked by Falmouth to Salcombe along with the two RNLI boats. Arrived on scene at the same time as Salcombe rib to discover an empty angling boat, the fisherman was found some fair way from this and recovered to the deep sea boat and resuscitation applied. Our boat then stood down.

16/09/15 – Midday called to Wonwell Beach to assist with recovery of dog that had fallen 80ft down cliff. 2 coastguards and the dog recovered to the boat and then dropped on Wonwell slip. Dog then taken to vets.

04/07/15 – 1945 hrs called out to swimmer in difficulties off Bigbury, this swimmer made it ashore on their own but then the lifeboat directed by local Coastguard to 22 people attempting to swim around Burgh Island. Many in difficulty in 5-6 ft seas. 11 rescued, 3 of which in extreme difficulty,. This was an impromptu swim organised on Facebook with no supervision or safety procedures in place. All brought shore at Bigbury and now recovered.

03/05/15 – 1345 hrs called to canoeist in difficulty off Challaborough. Brought ashore and assisted by Bigbury Coastguard to call Devon Air Ambulance who airlifted casualty to Derriford hospital.

30/09/14 – Responded to MAYDAY from broken down fishing vessel off Armour Cove, towed in to Bigbury for recovery.

17/09/14 – Called to a catamaran off Burgh Island in force 6 and heavy seas that had capsized and ripped jib. Had righted but could not make headway due to sail damage. Boat taken alongside and towed to Hope Cove, no casualties reported.

14/09/14 – Called to upturned catamaran off Bolt Tail. Salcombe Lifeboat also on station to assist in righting craft. One female crew of catamaran needed prompt medical attention due to apparent injuries and brought in to Harbour Beach and then airlifted by Air Ambulance to Derriford Hospital, other crew member ( male uninjured ) and boat recovered to harbour beach.

18/08/14 – Called to small power boat with 4 occupants some distance offshore from Challaborough with failed engine. Towed in to Challaborough.

19/07/14 – Called out at 2300 to catamaran stuck on sandbank at mouth of the Avon off Bantham beach. Towed in to deep water and anchored safely overnight in the Avon.

30/06/14 – Called out mid morning to yacht with 2 on board stuck on sandbank at the mouth of the Avon on falling tide, water too low to tow off at this time so relaunched at 1930 on rising tide and this time towed off successfully. Yacht then made its own way to Salcombe under power.

23/06/14 – Called out to assist yacht off Bolberry Down with engine failure at risk of drifting on to rocks. Taken under tow by Salcombe Lifeboat to Salcombe for repairs.

19/06/14 – Called out to assist 2 swimmers in trouble in ebb current in mouth of Avon at Bantham.

26/05/14 – Crew of 15 assembled in two boats plus spare zodiac returned to cows location near Soar. The cow was checked over and then sedated by the vet and then lowered down the cliff face by the crew and placed in to the zodiac. Towed back to the slipway in Inner Hope and there returned to the farmer. Splendid effort by all involved as the RSPCA and Fire Brigade were unable to help in this case.

22/05/14 – Called to locate cow that had gone over the cliff between Bolt Tail and Soar Mill. Cow located near foot of cliff, alive and apparently uninjured. Vet to be taken round to assess health tomorrow morning and if declared fit then will be assisted to swim to nearest beach, for recovery, weather permitting at earliest opportunity.

29/04/14 – Called out at 2000 to report by member of the public expressing concerns regarding lone paddle boarder circumnavigating Burgh Island. Whole area as far as the Erme in the West and past Bolt Tail in the East searched with no result. No one reported missing or having failed to return. Search abandoned at 2145. Assumed that the paddle boarder completed their trip safely and returned to their base.

09/04/14 – Called out to yacht with 2 on board on sandbar off Bantham in very heavy swell. Managed to get under tow and pull from sandbar in to Bantham harbour.

06/04/14 – Launched to assist 2 canoeists in difficulty off Bantham beach, both escorted to the beach.

16/09/13 – Launched in force 6-7 at 1840 to rescue windsurfer between Bantham beach and Burgh island. Paddle boarder and swimmer had also gone in to assist. The windsurfer was recovered and the paddle boarder also escorted to the beach. The swimmer had by this time returned back to the beach. On return journey then called to a report of kite surfer in trouble between Thurlestone and Longstone, located very rapidly on the beach using thermal imaging. Not required to be recovered from this location. Details collected from kite surfer by MCA Coastal Rescue Team and the life boat stood down. Boat recovered from harbour beach due to sea conditions on slip.

14/09/13 – Launched to assist broken down motor boat off Challaborough at 1400, taken in to Challaborough beach. No casualties.

11/08/13 – Launched to assist Police, and Coastguard teams with search for missing person, finally located on Longstone beach. The boat then deployed to recover casualty from beach. Injuries as a result of cliff fall required Paramedics onsite so they were picked up from Hope Cove and taken to the beach in the lifeboat. The casualty was stabilised and then taken to Bantham beach in the lifeboat, from where the Coastguard helicopter took them to Derriford Hospital. Very intense operation in fading light that needed the full co-operation and skills of all the services involved.

27/07/13 – Launched to rescue dog at foot of Bolt tail, not on rocks as called in but rescued from above by CRT with direction from boat crew.

20/07/13 – Launched to rescue fishing boat with engine failure off Challaborough which was being blown by strong winds towards rocks. Taken under tow and landed.

28/06/13 – Launched to rescue kite surfer off Challaborough, put ashore at Bigbury – relaunched to provide safety cover when kitesurfer went back in to sea recover equipment.

17/06/13 – Launched to rescue 2 kayakers off Thurlestone Sands, all recovered OK.

09/06/13 – Launched to help broken down fishing boat reported as off Bolt tail, turned out to be Bolt Head so quickly on site to assist boat being towed by another fishing boat.

2012 Rescues

12/09/12 – Launched to rescue sailor in upturned dinghy in Hope Cove, righted boat and returned both to beach.

01/09/12 – Launched to search for 6 overdue canoeists Bolt Tail. All discovered safe and well and escorted to beach.

20/08/12 – Launched to swimmer in difficulty at Soar Mill Cove.

03/08/12 – Called out on rapidly rising spring tide and poor weather to recover overturned dinghy and sailor from just offshore south of Hope Cove. Both recovered and returned to Harbour Beach.

03/06/12 – Called out late afternoon in heavy seas, sea state 5 wind force 6 to search the Avon Estuary for missing person in kayak from Aveton Gifford. Stood down when person returned 3 plus hours overdue. Boat recovered from Bantham and returned by road to Hope Cove.

14/05/12 – Called out mid afternoon to help with search for missing person in and around River Avon, crew assembled and boat taken to slipway, stood down just prior to launch.

21/04/12 – Early on Saturday afternoon the Hope Cove Life Boat was requested to launch to attend an incident off Bantham beach. Although the weather was sunny there was a stiff breeze and a strong swell, a wind surfer had encountered difficulty. The boat reached the incident area in just over 10 minutes where it was able to assist some other surfers to help their colleague. The boat stood by until all were safely ashore before returning to base.

25/03/12 – The warm weather has understandably brought visitors to the seaside, and for the third time in as many days the Hope Cove Life Boat was called in to action to help those in difficulty. All three have had happy endings as earlier today the boat was called to assist the local Coastguard in the Yealm area who were involved in the rescue of a dog stranded in Aymer cove just off Toby Point. Responding with the usual speed the crew arrived on scene to assist the Coastguard, and the dog owner, to pluck the dog from the waves and back to safety on dry land. The crew this time included another trainee on his first ‘shout’. 18 year old Joe Brocklebank was part of the team joining his 20 year old colleague, Adam Burke, with some ‘live action’ under his belt. Congratulations and well done to both of them.

24/03/12 – The second shout of the season took place within 24 hours of the former, and was again a call to assist stranded canoeists. A man and his daughter had been caught in ‘swell’ off Yarmer beach and were thrown from their inflatable craft. The Lifeboat was on the scene quickly, and in quite difficult conditions ( bearing in mind the state of the tide, swell and rocks ) managed to get both casualties in to the boat. Both were suffering severe hypothermia and were quickly ferried to the boathouse where trained responders administered first aid. At the same time the MCA helicopter was called and, with the assistance of the local coastguard, landed on the beach in order to whisk the two casualties to Derriford Hospital, where both made a full recovery. A well coordinated operation, which had it not been for the swift response of the Lifeboat may have ended differently. It was a baptism of ‘fire’ for one of our new crew members, 20 year old Adam Burke, who was on his first ever live ‘shout’

23/03/12 – Hope Cove Life Boat were called in to action for the initial ‘shout’ of the season when two canoeists encountered difficulty off Challaborough Beach. Having paddled down the river Avon and around Burgh Island a young man and lady became caught by the ‘swell’ which overturned their inflatable canoe about 200 metres off the shore. Both were well equipped but the strength of the sea prevented them from being able either to ‘right’ their canoe or make headway to the beach. Bigbury Coastguard alerted the MCA at Brixham who requested the Hope Cove Life Boat to launch. They picked up the couple and their canoe and took them safely to dry land where they were treated for slight shock and mild hypothermia by the Bigbury Coastguard team. From the initial call out to arriving at the casualties took just under 15 minutes, and although the boat needs only three crew it was interesting to note that nine responded to the shout and were able to assist with launching and recovery, a pleasing testimony to the benefits of the winter training sessions.

Some of our 2011 Rescues

30/05/11 – Called to small pleasure craft off Bolberry Down with engine problems.  Five people on board. Towed back to Hope Cove.

31/05/11 – Called to Fishing Boat with fishing net wrapped around propeller. Three crew on Board. Towed towards Plymouth and handed over to Plymouth AWLB to return to Sutton Harbour.

31/07/11 –  Small sailing boat unable to make way as caught in tide off Bolt Tail – towed into Hope Cove.

01/08/11 – Two missing Kayaks (father and son), caught by tidal flow found in river Avon by HCLB and recovered back to Bigbury.

02/08/11 –  Boat with three persons and a dog on board towed back to Outer Hope after engine failure.

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