Newquay and St Agnes RNLI lifeboat volunteers search for two people
Newquay's RNLI lifeboat volunteers were alerted at 1am on Sunday (29 May) and took part in a large search for two people reported missing from the beach at Perranporth.
In thick fog, which reduced visibility to as low as ten-metres in places, the RNLI volunteers responded in the charity's Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Gladys Mildred, to a report from concerned family and friends of a missing 55-year-old man who they believed may be in the sea.
The lifeboat crew searched Perran Bay in calm conditions along with St Agnes RNLI inshore lifeboat and Newquay and St Agnes coastguard rescue teams, while police and other teams searched away from the shore.
While the search continued, a second person was reported missing, but fortunately, they were both found safe inland by police officers and the search teams were stood down just before 2.30am.
In the thick fog and very poor visibility, the lifeboat crew returned to Newquay at a reduced speed and reached the harbour safely at around 3.30am.
Key facts about the RNLI
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.
The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.
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The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland