Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Seaside Rescue


The day after the open day at Salcombe Lifeboat Station, the inshore rescue boat was in action, coming to the aid of someone who had been injured on the rocks near Millbay, the local Volunteer Coast Guard Rescue dropped what ever they were doing for the day job and got down on to Millbay PDQ to prepare the beach for the landing of the air ambulance. There was much gathering up of clobber, kids and deckchairs and an area was soon cleared; however there must have been a change of plan, because the helicopter did a bit of a hover before heading off towards North Sands. (I saw more than one small child in tears because they hadn’t , after the big build up, seen the air ambulance land, I suspect they may have been watching too many episodes of Seaside Rescue. Sorry kids, the emergency services were playing to the casualty, not the gallery.

The inshore lifeboat took the casualty and ambulance guys across the water, to the waiting helicopter, retuning to Millbay with a soggy ambulance crew who may have had to spend the rest of their shift in sopping boots.

team work-2

So I’m afraid I’ve no dramatic pictures to share, just images of team work really; volunteer lifeboat crew, volunteer Coastguard Rescue Service (the guy in blue) working alongside the emergency services.

Oh look, is that a bottle of Entonox I spy, being carried by the ambulance guys?

team work 2-2

Dear me, you should have seen the state of Mr Uhdd, the last time he took a  huge fellrunners lungful of the stuff. I laughed so much I cried, so did the rest of the antenatal class; it is not wise to make so many heavily pregnant women laugh so hard.


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

4 thoughts on “Seaside Rescue

  1. I think we forget that these essential services are staffed by volunteers. It’s shocking, really, that something so important should be left up to the good will of others. Yet, there seems to be no shortage of lifeboat men; although possible there is of funds to keep the lifeboat afloat. I wonder if the local libraries and other essential services will likewise keep afloat in years to come. If push came to shove I suppose I would be prepared to man the counter at the library rather than see it close. They do, however, need far fewer staff in the library these days; it’s all done by robots now (ok, scanning machines).

  2. Police officers would never have been allowed by our paranoid senior management to go out to sea in a boat with the RNLI.

    They would be too worried that we would drown, and our family would sue the Chief Constable.

    Does the end part of your post mean you are having another baby? If so, congratulations!

    • My god, NO! I’d better nip back and edit the post if it reads like that. As far as babies are concerned, I’ve been there done that and celebrated my 50th birthday, thank you very much. The boys would love another puppy though!!

  3. Very soggy boots!

    I have a spare pair in my locker only because I got a new pair after twisting my ankle at work and it was in a recommendation of the physio! Getting new boots in like getting blood from a stone!

    And yes it is good old Entonox you spied! Are you a giggler or a sleeper?!

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