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134 SPONSORED BY PREMIER NOSS ON DART


NEWS FROM THE RNLI LIFEBOAT TEAM IN DARTMOUTH


RNLI DART FEATURED IN THE BBC2 SERIES ‘SAVING LIVES AT SEA’ In March this year ,a 20ft humpback whale, more com- monly seen off the coast of New England, followed the herring shoals and came in close to the South Devon shore. She continued feeding for over two weeks but became tangled in whelk pot lines a quarter of a mile off Blackpool Sands on two separate occasions. Two divers from the British Divers Marine Life Rescue


organisation came to the beach and the RNLI Dart D class lifeboat and the RNLI Salcombe Tamar class lifeboat launched to assist them in releasing the whale. Dart lifeboat crewmen, Yorkie Lomas and Mark Conroy, filmed the incidents in HD using a waterproof Pentax camera, usually used for still photographs. These were edited to make the videos which can be seen on Launches 281 and 284 on the www.dartlifeboat.org. uk web site. The entire footage was then given to Blast Films! to make the feature in Episode 5 of the current BBC2 series ‘Saving Lives at Sea’ showing the whale’s rescues. The whole RNLI Dart Operations team gathered in


the lifeboat station to watch the episode on TV and this was followed by a live interview on Facebook with the crews involved. Two RNLI Press officers from Poole and Saltash fielded the questions as they came in. The crew members interviewed, from left to right,


were; Katy Locke, Waitress, Kevin Murphy, Carpenter, Jamie Mathys, Consulting Engineer, Chris Tracey, small boat skipper.


What motivates you? CT. It is a privilege. You work with a great bunch of guys. There is the camaraderie, not just at our station but between all the stations. JM. It is an honour. If you have a certain skill set it is nice to help when people need you. What was your most dangerous shout? CT. It involved a cow!


Has the weather ever been too bad to launch? KM. Not yet. It is safer in the harbour and up river. JM. On Sunday night at 10.30pm we were doing a shoreline search in poor visibility and rough seas. We were approaching the limits of our operational capabilities. It makes you realise how much you rely on your training. What does a whale sound like? JM. I’m not doing an impression but she sounded distressed. It was noticeable that it got worse and more frequent during the shout. Who is on call tonight? KM. We have a duty helm. We are all on call. If there is a shout we all turn up. Only on special occasions like Christmas and Regatta do we have a duty crew. Have you been called out on Christmas day? KM. Three times. I was involved on one. We went to rescue a spaniel. It is to stop the owners putting themselves at risk. What made you join? KM. I’ve always admired the RNLI. When the chance came I jumped at it. What would you say to get others to volunteer? KL Go for it! Come on down. See what it’s all about. Go training.


To see the entire Facebook video go to www. rnli.org.uk and choose the home page. Scroll to the bottom and click Facebook. Choose Videos from the left side list. Go to all videos and find Dart. P.S. We do not have a “Whoopee Siren” when there is a shout, even though it was heard on the film!


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