Looe RNLI rescues canoeist in difficulties off Polperro
A canoeist was rescued from the sea near Polperro on Saturday afternoon (May 7).
The alarm was raised by a concerned member of the public on the coast path, who spotted a man in difficulties off Polperro harbour.
Looe’s Atlantic lifeboat ‘Alan and Margaret’ was launched at 2.20pm.
The man, a 42-year-old from the Liskeard area, was found by the lifeboat crew in the water trying to swim ashore with his canoe.
Lifeboat operations manager David Haines said the man had been in the water for thirty minutes before being spotted from the shore:
‘It was lucky the man was spotted struggling from the shore as he had been in the water for quite a while and was very tired. The south-easterly wind made for difficult conditions as there was a moderate swell. Fortunately, the man was uninjured.’
The man was taken to Talland Bay beach and met by Looe Coastguard team.
Crew were helm Nick Pope and crew Toby Bray and Sam Pearson
Notes to editors
For those going out to sea, the RNLI's top sea safety tips are:
1. Wear a lifejacket
2. Get relevant training
3. Carry a means of calling for help
4. Check engine and fuel
5. Tell others where you are going
6. Check weather and tides
For more information contact volunteer lifeboat press officer Emma Haines on 07979 452693 or email firstname.lastname@example.org