RNLI Torbay pair help out in Shetland Islands

Torbay Weekly

RNLI Torbay community engagement ambassador David Phillip writes:

RNLI Torbay still has the ‘Duke of Kent’ from the RNLI relief fleet on the RNLI pontoon.

Torbay lifeboat is still on the Isle of Wight for engine repairs – the crew took her to Cowes on April 15, her return date is as yet unknown.

The inshore lifeboat (ILB) is also on the Isle of Wight for a refit so Torbay has a relief D class boat as well for the next month.

May has so far been another busy month for the boats.

At the time of writing the ILB has clocked up six shouts and the all-weather lifeboat (ALB) another four shouts.

This makes a total of 41 shouts for the year - 16 for the ALB and 25 for the ILB.

While the boats and crews have been busy in Torbay, coxswain Mark Criddle and second coxswain Richard Fowler have both done a stint at covering coxswain at Lerwick station. A long way from home!


The water safety team are now fully active again.

Until now they have been restricted by Covid rules to one-to-one interactions with folk on slipways and beaches - over 300 to date.

They can now return to advice on board vessels, presentations, displays and life jacket clinics.

They intend to hold such clinics at the marinas in Torquay and Brixham plus arranging awareness events at Broadsands, Goodrington and Paignton. Dates to be announced. Keep an eye on the website, www.torbaylifeboat.co.uk for more details.

For more guidance on water safety issues look in the community safety section of water safety on the website.

The water safety team is led by John Turner, Torbay lifeboat water safety officer.

His contact details can be found under contacts on the Torbay lifeboat website - www.torbaylifeboat.co.uk

On the fundraising side of things, on May 1 TLF had a number of stalls and cover the flag with coins outside the lifeboat station - the first outside event since lockdown, observing all Government Covid guidance.

The weather was kind, bright and sunny, if a little chilly!  Members of the public passing by were generous, and the event raised a magnificent £1,188.59.

The following weekend was not so kind so the souvenir stall and cover the flag event in Torquay had to be cancelled.

The Seaside Adventurers toddler and preschool group walked the Brixham breakwater to raise funds as part of the RNLI Mayday Mile campaign.

They were applauded on their return by some of the lifeboat crew. They raised a magnificent £411.94.

A North Somerset family whose boys are Torbay lifeboat fanatics are taking part in the Mayday Mile campaign, setting themselves a target of £55. At the time of writing, they have raised £990!

We hope they get to the £1,000. Well done Dylan and Ollie! We hope to see you in Brixham again soon.

Otter Garden Centre is offering a puma sculpture for silent auction running till the end of May.  The highest bid will be donated to the RNLI. At the time of writing, bids are up to £250. We are very grateful for the support we have received from Otter over the past year.

If you would like to help support our lifeboats and their volunteer crews, here are some ways you can:-

  • become a member of the RNLI – go to RNLI.org
  • donate to Torbay Lifeboat fundraisers (TLF). Use our Just Giving page. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rnli-tlf21 - gift aid it if you are able to
  • become a fundraiser by joining TLF and/or volunteering to help at events. Do something extraordinary and give your time and skills to us. Every hour that’s volunteered will help save lives.  Fundraising events are held around the bay throughout the year. To find out more go to our Facebook page @TLFTorbay
  • follow us on social media - Spread the word, like, share or retweet our posts.

For more information on all RNLI Torbay activities go to www.torbaylifeboat.co.uk .You will find a wealth of useful information from the history of Torbay lifeboat to current shouts and fundraising activities. You can also contact me on 07836 375 203.