Newquay RNLI volunteers assist police during busy Monday

Lifeboats News Release

Newquay's RNLI lifeboat volunteers responded to four calls on Monday (30 October), assisting police recover a casualty, rescuing a woman & her dog trapped by the tide and assisting a local fisherman.

Newquay lifeboat approaches woman trapped by tide below steep cliffs


Having been involved in a five-hour search on Sunday (29 October) for a missing 17-year-old man, which involved numerous police, coastguard and RNLI teams, including two helicopters and Padstow lifeboat, Newquay's RNLI volunteers were called again at 12.35pm on Monday and launched the D class inshore lifeboat, to assist police at The Gazzle, near Towan Head. With assistance from local divers and Newquay Coastguard, the lifeboat crew brought a casualty back to Newquay Harbour. Our thoughts are with the man's family & friends at this time. Any enquiries should be directed to Devon and Cornwall Police.

Monday's first call came at 10.25am, after a woman rang 999 to report that she was trapped by the tide with her dog between Watergate Bay and Whipsiderry, nearly three hours before high tide. After a short search, the pair were spotted below steep cliffs near Whipsiderry by Newquay Coastguard and they were rescued from the rocks by the lifeboat crew (pictured). The woman was cold & wet after entering the water in an attempt to reach safety, but the pair were landed unhurt at Watergate Bay by RNLI volunteers on the charity's D class inshore lifeboat.

At 3.45pm the larger Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat launched to a single-handed fisherman on a local, eight-metre fishing boat, broken-down around two miles off Polly Joke. The RNLI crew gave assistance and the fishing boat was able to remain at sea.

The lifeboat crew were alerted for the fourth time at 6pm, as UK Coastguard had concerns for the safety of a local fisherman, who they had been unable to contact by radio. Fortunately, the fisherman was quickly confirmed safe and the launch was cancelled.

RNLI contacts:

Andy Hobkinson, volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Newquay lifeboat station. Email: Mobile: 07880 507464.

Amy Caldwell, RNLI Regional Media Manager, Email: Mobile: 07920 818807

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