Author: Amy Caldwell
Reference: 056 South
Appledore’s, RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew had a busy weekend (Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 September 2008) with three shouts over the two days. As people enjoyed the welcome sunshine and calm seas, Appledore’s two RNLI lifeboats were called out to rescue people who found themselves in trouble at sea in very different circumstances.
The volunteer crew received their first call on Saturday at 13.44, to a report of two people with two dogs who were stranded on a sandbank off Northam Burrows, at the estuary end of Westward Ho! beach, on an incoming tide. Two RNLI lifeguards from Sandymere paddled out to the couple on their rescue boards and stayed with them until Appledores RNLI inshore lifeboat (ILB) the Douglas Paley arrived. They were helped aboard the ILB with the two dogs and brought safety back to the lifeboat station.