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Guests leave wedding ceremony — to answer emergency lifeboat call

All at sea: Izzy and Neil Daubney receive a special guard of honour PICS: SWNS

A COUPLE had a wedding day to remember after several guests were forced to rush out during their church ceremony to attend a lifeboat call.

Friends and family of Neil Daubney and his wife-to-be, Izzy, were sat in prayer when the sound of a pager pierced the silence.

A member of the public had dialled 999 after thinking they had spotted a paddleboarder in difficulty out at sea.

The alert was then forwarded to on-call RNLI volunteers, who happened to be sat in Emmanuel Church in Ilfracombe, Devon.

Luckily, fellow crew member Neil saw the funny side, although refused an offer to head off and leave Izzy at the altar.

On call: Neil Daubney’s colleagues had to respond to an emergency during his wedding service

Coxswain Leigh Hanks said: ‘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!’

The group then left and headed out to sea, quickly finding out that the paddleboarder had just rounded the headland and was safe and well.

The crew stood by until the paddleboarder was back in the outer harbour and then returned to the lifeboat station.

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