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How can I commemorate the Salcombe Disaster?

The volunteer team at Salcombe RNLI lifeboat station will be holding a service to mark the centenary of the 1916 lifeboat disaster.

Here's what you need to know if you want to take part:

Service of Commemoration

A Service of Commemoration will take place at Salcombe Holy Trinity Church led by the Bishop of Plymouth, the Rt Rev Nick McKinnel.

During the service, between 10.30am and 10.40am (the time the lifeboat capsized in 1916) a maroon will be fired to mark the beginning and end of a one minute silence.

The Bishop of Plymouth will also dedicate a plaque in the church as a permanent memorial to those who perished in the disaster.

Wreath laying ceremony

A wreath laying ceremony will take place from aboard the Salcombe all-weather lifeboat The Baltic Exchange III on the Salcombe Bar.

A small arms detachment from the Britannia Royal Naval College will fire a 13 gun salute as the wreaths are laid. They will fire from a position in the gardens of The Bolt at South Sands.

A Maritime and Coast Guard Agency rescue helicopter will join all participating lifeboats as they proceed up the harbour to Whitestrand with a lone piper aboard Salcombe’s all-weather lifeboat The Baltic Exchange III.

We have been very committed to marking this momentous anniversary appropriately and ensuring we pay our respects to the brave 13 crew who paid the ultimate sacrifice when trying to help others at sea.

We hope many people in the community will turn out mark the occasion and pay their respects to these brave lifeboatmen.

– Simon Evans, volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager

A warning that traffic may be very busy in the town owing to half term and the memorial event.


Dead fisherman named as 51-year-old Gary Steere

A fisherman pulled from Salcombe harbour has been named as 51-year-old Gary Steere.

Police say they are treating his death as non-suspicious.

Mr Steere, from Kingsbridge, is believed to have gone fishing early on Thursday and was reported missing at around midnight.

Both the Coastguard and a helicopter from Chivenor were involved in the search.

A body was discovered near Gara Rock at around 3.20am and was later taken to Derriford. Family have been informed and formal identifdication of the body has taken place.


Body recovered from Salcombe after reports of missing fisherman

A man's body has been recovered from the water near Salcombe after a family raised the alarm a shore fisherman hadn't returned.

The all-weather and inshore lifeboats were both launched from Salcombe RNLI at 2.10am and carried out a shore line search.

Sadly a casualty was recovered from the water at 3.26am.


Overcrowding fears for waterskiers in Salcombe

Credit: Fredrik von Erichsen/DPA/Press Association Images

There are fears a Padstow style tragedy could happen in Salcombe, if something isn't done to control the number of waterskiers at a popular speedboat spot

Stairhole Bay is now the only area where waterskiing is allowed. The Harbourmaster says he has to balance the intests of all users of the water - but some watersports enthusiasts say it's getting too overcrowded on the water.

Woman airlifted to hospital after cliff fall in Devon

A woman in her 40s has been airlifted to hospital after falling from the cliffs at Salcombe early this morning, Thursday 17 July.

Brixham Coastguard says that she fell up to 20 feet and could have fallen even further but she got stuck in the undergrowth.

It is believed that she has broken some bones and there are possible spinal injuries.

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