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Lifeboat crews paged during wedding ceremony

Photo: Ilfracombe RNLI

A lifeboat crew member from Devon had his wedding ceremony interrupted by an emergency call-out over the weekend.

The pagers went off during the service - and Neil Daubney initially thought it was a joke.

But it wasn't and some of the on-call crew members at the service in Ilfracombe on Saturday had to respond.

The call out involved a paddleboarder in distress.

The crews later joked that they offered Neil the chance to join them on the callout - but he declined.

Coxswain Leigh Hanks said: "It was totally silent during prayers 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! 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. 

"We wish Neil and Izzy all the very best for their future together."

Staying with lifeboats and the Torbay crew were involved in the search for a 15 year old who was in difficulty over the weekend.

The teenager was eventually found by the force helicopter near the streamer area of Totnes.

They were taken to hospital via an ambulance.

A spokesperson for Torbay Coastguard said: "We were tasked by Maritime and Coastguard Agency to assist Devon & Cornwall Police and South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust with a search for a 15 year old male requiring medical assistance, 

"Berry Head Coastguard and Dartmouth Coastguard-Search and Rescue were also tasked. Several search teams were deployed to search the Steamer Quay area of Totnes, 

"NPAS police helicopter located the casualty in a nearby farmers field and search teams were relocated to assist with the casualty evacuation.

"Due to the casualties location NPAS landed and took the casualty to hospital."

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