The Salcombe Lifeboat has been called out three times in the past week.

On Friday, August 11, they were called to a assist a critically ill patient who was moored on a boat within the harbour. The RNLI were alerted to the incident by Salcombe Harbour staff, who were flagged down by a yacht calling for assistance.

The patient was in a condition where help was needed to get the person out of the boat. The crew were able to get the person onto a stretcher and load them onto the inshore lifeboat to then ferry them down to Batson Quay.

Here they were able to be loaded into an ambulance on a stretcher from the slipway to then be transferred onto Derriford Hospital.

The patient was critically ill, but thanks to team work and the medical training of the lifeboat crew, the patient was given the best chance. The patient is said to be recovering well, and has now been released from hospital.

The next day, on Saturday, August 12, a 36’ Moody yacht suffered engine failure, and the lifeboat was called to assist, locating the vessel, establishing and tow and returning to Salcombe.

And in the early hours of the morning of Tuesday, August 15, the ILB was called to assist with the transfer of a patient from a boat in the harbour to an ambulance on dry land.

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