General sea safety:
With more stormy weather forecast, we’re asking people to take extra care if they’re going down to the coast. Rough seas and extreme weather might look exciting, but getting too close can be risky. So respect the water and, in particular, avoid exposed places where big waves could sweep you off your feet.
- If you are heading out on the water, ensure the conditions are not beyond your capability, carry the right equipment, ensure you have a means for calling for assistance and call for help if you get into difficulty.
The RNLI would advise all those affected by storms and heavy rain to remain in their homes, assuming it is safe to do so, and would advise against driving through flood water unless absolutely necessary. Even the smallest amount of water can be deceptive and hide debris and, as flood water behaves differently to sea water, can sweep you off your feet. If you become trapped by rising flood water, call for help.
Sunday February 16th 00:16
Person reported as being in the water near Sand Quay
Both the Atlantic 85 and the Arancia lifeboats were launched to a report from the Police to HM Coastguard Brixham of a person in the water near Sand Quay. After searching for approx 20 minutes, the missing person was found at 00:37 on the land.
Wednesday February 12th 18:05
Vessel stuck under Shaldon Bridge
The Teignmouth lifeboat was launched to a report from Brixham Coastguard, of a dredger vessel lodged under Shaldon Bridge with no one aboard. The casualty vessel was taken in tow to a place of safety accompanied by the Harbour launch 'Barbara'.
Saturday January 25th 14:07
Two people in the River near Coombecellars
Following a request from Brixham Coastguard, the Teignmouth lifeboat and its volunteer crew of three launched to the help of a father and son in difficulties with their sailing dinghy. The younger man was collected by another boat from the water and taken to Coombecellars slipway, whilst the lifeboat helped the father who had been carried by the wind to Flow Point. The dinghy and father were taken in tow to Coombecellars where father and son were re-united.
Monday January 20th 2014 19:00
Search for elderly missing person off Dawlish Warren
A two hour search coordinated by Brixham Coastguard and together with Exmouth ILB, auxiliary coastguard teams from Torbay, Teignmouth and Exmouth, and Rescue Helicopter 169 from Chivenor, an extensive search was carried out for a vulnerable elderly person. The person was eventually located near Exmouth Dock entrance and although medical teams were in attendance, no further help could be given.
Sunday December 22nd 14:25
Sailing dinghy in difficulties
At the request of Brixham Coastguard, who had been informed by the NCI watchtower, the lifeboat was launched to assist a sailing dinghy that had lost its rudder about 1/2mile off the off the coast. The dinghy was taken in tow to Polly Steps.
Sunday December 22nd 2013 03:55
Christmas reveller slips off bridge support
Both lifeboats were launched early in the morning to stand-by a Christmas reveller who had slipped off a Shaldon Bridge parapet after losing their phone from the bridge top. The reveler lost their foothold whilst descending and broke several bones on impact with the river bottom. The local Coastguard recovered the casualty from the shallow water and transferred them to waiting paramedics.