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Lifeboat crews paged during colleague's wedding

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Pagers went off during prayers.

A team of volunteers from Ilfracombe's RNLI were at the wedding of fellow member, mechanic Neil Daubney on Saturday (30th November), when their emergency pagers went off. 

They were at Emmanuel Church in the town when the pagers of duty Coxswain Leigh Hanks and two other crew members sounded. 

They rushed to the lifeboat station, to respond to a 999 call that a paddleboarder was in trouble in rough sea conditions near to Watermouth Cove.

But they were spotted safe and well, so the crew returned to station.

Coxswain Leigh Hanks says: ‘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.’

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