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RNLI lifeboat stranded after capsizing on routine exercise

By tobymeyjes  |  Posted: October 20, 2013

  • An inshore-lifeboat from Port Isaac capsized this morning on a routine training exercise

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Crew of an RNLI lifeboat were thrown from their vessel in heavy seas when it capsized during a routine training exercise this morning.

The D-class inshore lifeboat belonging to Port Isaac RNLI became stranded on a sand bar at Trebarwith Strand, near Tintagel, in Cornwall, after it turned over at around 11am.

A spokesman for the Coastguard said a rescue crew from Boscatle and Port Isaac attended the scene. he said while it was unusual for RNLI boats to capsize conditions were treacherous with high winds and a large swell.

Both RNLI crew ended up in the sea and swam to the nearby Tregardock beach where they were picked up by Coastguard and RNLI crews.

Chairman of the Port Isaac RNLI, Bob Bulgin said: "The crew were on routine sea training. A wave caught them and capsized the boat. We have to train in adverse conditions. They are in areas that can be treacherous because it is where they have to carry out rescue operations. No one was hurt, they followed all the correct procedures.

"They were fine after their ordeal. The boat is back and a replacement engine is being brought from our headquarters in Poole, and will be fitted this afternoon. The boat will be back on station service within three to four hours."

The RNLI at nearby Rock and Padstow have been put on standby for the afternoon.

The stricken RNLI crew fired a red flare to alert passing boats to the incident. The Coastguard is asking anyone visiting the beach to notify them if they find any parts of the flare on the beach and warned people not to touch the equipment.

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