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Devon RNLI crew called to emergency shout during colleague's wedding

The crew scrambled to deploy the inshore lifeboat to help a paddleboarder in difficulty. Credit: RNLI

A group of RNLI volunteers had to dash to an emergency shout - in the middle of their colleague's wedding day.

Duty Coxswain Leigh Hanks and two other crew members were attending the wedding of Neil Daubney to his partner Izzy.

Their pagers went off and they raced from the church to find a paddleboarder in difficulty in rough seas at Watermouth Cove near Ilfracombe.

The RNLI inshore lifeboat was deployed and the paddleboarder was found safe and well.

The crew sprang into action and the paddleboarder was found safe. Credit: RNLI

Coxswain Leigh Hanks said the raising of the alarm caused a bit of a stir in the ceremony:

"It was totally silent in the church when the pagers went off. Initially people thought that we had set this up as a joke on Neil, but we responded immediately just like on any other shout. Neil wasn’t on duty - although we did offer him the chance to come with us!"

He added: "Myself and the other crew members were to have been part of the honour guard when the couple left the church. Unfortunately we could not be there but the others carried on without us."

The crew sent their best wishes to the newlyweds and wished them "all the very best for their future together".