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Started by Agaliarept on Aug 13, 2019 2:16:16 PM
Parents send RNLI bill for the £7 lilo after saving their drifting child

The RNLI launched a £7,000 major operation to save a child who was drifting out to sea on an inflatable and managed to rescue the girl without harm - only to be sent a £7 bill by the parents for the lilo they didn't brig back.

Agaliarept - 13 Aug 2019 14:16:50 (#1 of 47)

I'd have made the kid swim back out and get it if I was her dad.

I'm not made of lilos.

Tinymcsmithy - 13 Aug 2019 14:18:29 (#2 of 47)


solomongursky - 13 Aug 2019 14:19:38 (#3 of 47)

decommissioned on 22 March 2016.

hailesaladdie - 13 Aug 2019 14:22:11 (#4 of 47)

Wow, that's worse than Denzel slagging off the firefighters at the Great St Erth Tyre Fire.

Agaliarept - 13 Aug 2019 14:29:25 (#5 of 47)

Do you post BTL comments on Cornwall Live as "Woodsy" sol?


Typical Cornwall Live - How old is this story? 771 Sqn was disbanded in March 2016!!

SinnerBoy - 13 Aug 2019 14:29:53 (#6 of 47)

Well, they can take mum & dad out and throw them overboard, leaving them to make their own way back, with the lilo.

And charge them for both trips.

solomongursky - 13 Aug 2019 14:40:44 (#7 of 47)


Saw his comment and checked it. He's right. It may have happened, but more than 3 years ago, no date's mentioned in the article.

pranzingfrogg - 13 Aug 2019 14:46:27 (#8 of 47)

Something like it may have happened somewhere. It wouldn’t be the first time a distorted version of an actual event has found its way back into the press at a later date. Brunvand’s books on urban legends have several examples of this.

solomongursky - 13 Aug 2019 14:47:20 (#9 of 47)

I think these "Live" local newspaper sites are run by The Mirror?

Agaliarept - 13 Aug 2019 14:51:08 (#10 of 47)

It may have happened, but more than 3 years ago, no date's mentioned in the article.

You often see BTL comments on the DM asking if a story is the same as the story they ran a few years ago.

It seems there is a lot of news recycling with all that website space to fill.

HouseOfLametta - 13 Aug 2019 14:53:40 (#11 of 47)

The one down here does it with


which is nice.

TommyDGNR8 - 13 Aug 2019 15:43:50 (#12 of 47)

Sounds like the sort of stunt JRM would pull.

HouseOfLametta - 13 Aug 2019 16:06:26 (#13 of 47)

Proper brexity behaviour.

machiavelli - 13 Aug 2019 16:30:30 (#14 of 47)

He said: "Two weeks later the commanding officer (CO) of 771 received a request to pay an invoice for £7 the cost of the lilo.

"The CO wrote replying: 'I will be happy to pay your invoice on receipt of payment for the helicopter rescue £7,000.' No response was received."


Yersinia - 13 Aug 2019 16:41:38 (#15 of 47)


There's a word I haven't heard for a while.

Probably way before 2016, come to think of it.

JohnIlly - 13 Aug 2019 16:46:23 (#16 of 47)

Last heard in connection with Lil.

FredDee - 13 Aug 2019 16:52:55 (#17 of 47)

RNLI : such a great British institution that even the Irish kept it.

( And did NOT even add an 'I' ( 'RNLII' ) to denote its Irish stations. )

solomongursky - 13 Aug 2019 17:39:31 (#18 of 47)

Another commenter said:

"This story was reported in the Falmouth Packet yesterday, but it included the following information about what Mike Carter actually told them:

"He said he had been told the story by a former member of 771 search and rescue squadron on Sunday, which is believed to have taken place when the rescue helicopters were still based out of RNAS Culdrose in Helston."

In other words, it happened a long time ago if at all, and it's based entirely on hearsay. Lots of the national media have picked up on this story today but, like Cornwall Live, they've all edited out this key sentence. It's a perfect case-study of how the media casually massage the facts to manufacture click-bait and get us all waving our pitchforks."

Arjuna - 13 Aug 2019 17:41:30 (#19 of 47)

The telegraph story seems to have disappeared

solomongursky - 13 Aug 2019 17:43:11 (#20 of 47)

And Cornwall Live have added a bit:

Clarification - this story involves an incident from the 1980s

A spokesman for the RNLI said: ''The story about parents sending the RNLI a bill for a £7 lilo is in fact an anecdote from an incident which happened back in the 1980s – it is not a recent incident.

''The anecdote was recounted in passing at an event in the south west at the weekend and has since been incorrectly reported as a recent occurrence.

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