Portishead RNLI called out three times in 19 hours

PUBLISHED: 06:22 11 July 2017

Portishead RNLI was paged three times in less than 24 hours.

Portishead RNLI was paged three times in less than 24 hours.

RNLI Portishead

Portishead RNLI crew members were paged to three incidents in less than 24 hours.

They joined the coastguard and police on several missions which ensured people out at sea were kept safe.

The crew’s first shout came on Wednesday, when there was a call to find a missing vessel which was said to have lost radio communications and was running low on fuel.

The RNLI launched at 11.10pm and headed towards Bristol and the River Avon but were unable to find any boat in distress and it returned back to base an hour later.

Within hours they were out again during a pre-dawn search for a man with Alzheimer’s who had gone missing from Clevedon.

Unfortunately he could not be spotted but was found within 24 hours safe and well.

MORE: Missing man found after police search.

And the third call came on Thursday at 6.18pm after a member of the public about an inflatable dinghy spotted floating in the River Avon and there were concerns people may be stranded.

Portishead RNLI joined their coastguard counterparts in a search and found the boat was empty and had simply slipped its mooring.

Dave Slack, Portishead RNLI’s lifeboat operations manager, said: “With three service calls in one day, the Portishead volunteer crew demonstrated a significant commitment to saving lives at sea and they did it with a high level of professionalism.”

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