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Looe RNLI investigate four kayakers reported to be sheltering by Looe Island

Lifeboats News Release

Yesterday afternoon, Monday 13 August 2018, Looe RNLI volunteers were tasked by Falmouth Coastguards to investigate four kayaks reported to be sheltering to the south of Looe Island

Stock image - Looe RNLI’s D Class inshore lifeboat Ollie Naismith

RNLI/Ian Foster

Stock image - Looe RNLI’s D Class inshore lifeboat Ollie Naismith

Our volunteer crew took two of the kayakers back to Millendreath beach whilst the other two kayakers elected to make their own way back. After leaving Millendreath our crew returned to check on the remaining kayakers. Finding them in more sheltered waters off Hannafore and making good progress the inshore lifeboat returned to station.

At 1.56 pm yesterday afternoon, Monday 13 August 2018, volunteers from Looe RNLI were tasked by Falmouth Coastguards to investigate reports of four kayakers sheltering to the south of Looe island. As it was low tide the charity’s D Class inshore lifeboat Ollie Naismith was launched 100 meters south of the Banjo Pier. Our volunteer crew quickly located the kayakers who were tired after their paddle from Millendreath and were considering their options. Two of the kayakers elected to be taken back to Millendreath beach by the inshore lifeboat whilst the other two wanted to return back under their own power.

After returning the two kayakers safely to Millendreath beach, our volunteer crew made their way back to check on the remaining kayakers. By this time they were in more sheltered waters off Hannafore and were making good progress back to Millendreath.

The inshore lifeboat returned to station where she was washed down, refuelled and made ready for service.

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· Stock image - Looe RNLI’s D Class inshore lifeboat Ollie Naismith
Photo credit RNLI / Ian Foster

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