It’s never a good sign if most of the guests at your wedding run out of the hall altogether (something we said?).
But for one couple, the abrupt move was for a water rescue.
That’s because guests attending the nuptials of Neil Daubney and his partner Izzy were called out on an emergency as part of their work with Ilfracombe RNLI in North Devon.
The groom, who is also a lifeboat assistant mechanic, was unable to help out with emergency for obvious reasons but his guests didn’t hesitate.
Friends and family of the bride and groom 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 where the service took place.
Luckily, the crew who headed out to sea found the paddleboarder had just rounded the headland and was safe and well.
Fellow crew member Neil saw the funny side – although he did refuse to head off and leave Izzy at the altar.
Boat skipper 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 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.
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