NORTH Devon's RNLI lifeboats had a busy two days last week.
Two teenagers had to be rescued by Ilfracombe RNLI on Tuesday, August 6, after becoming trapped on rocks.
The inshore lifeboat, Deborah Brown II, was launched at around 5.30pm after the pair became stranded at Broadstrand Beach.
They had made their way round the beach to Rapparee Cove, not realising the tide would cut off their route back.
Matt Simpson, volunteer deputy second coxswain for Ilfracombe RNLI, noticed them waving for help while working on board ex-RNLI lifeboat Hampshire Rose.
He said: "The coastguard requested that we stand by to keep an eye on the boys until the lifeboat arrived, which the passengers and I were happy to do."
The teenagers were in extra danger of slipping off the rocks due to the torrential rain the day before.
Two members of crew were put on the rocks to help the boys to safety.
The lifeboat then took them back to the lifeboat station where they were given the usual safety advice as one had grazed his arm but refused medical attention.
Then the following day four lifeboats and a Search and Rescue helicopter were sent out to look for missing 13-year-olds.
The alarm was raised by the two girls' parents as they were 20 minutes overdue to meet them at Morte Bay.
Coastguards tasked Ilfracombe inshore lifeboat, Deborah Brown II and the all-weather lifeboat, Spirit of Derbyshire.
They were also joined by Appledore RNLI's Tamar class all-weather lifeboat, Mollie Hunt and their inshore lifeboat, Glanely.
An RAF Search and Rescue helicopter from Chivenor was also tasked.
However all were stood down just four minutes later after the girls returned to shore safely along with the Mortehoe coastguard.
Ilfracombe's volunteer coxswain Andrew Bengey, said: "Searching for missing people is one of the most time sensitive and important tasks we take part in, and we were delighted when we heard that the girls had been found safe and well."