Kayakers rescued after getting into difficulty off St.Agnes.

Lifeboats News Release

A father and daughter were rescued by St Agnes RNLI volunteers today after they got into difficulty out to sea on a sit on top kayak.

Picture of the kayak recovered in the rescue

RNLI/Paul Kimberley

When they were near Bawden Rocks, approximately one mile out to sea, they realised the hull of the kayak was taking on water, so the called 999 and asked the Coastguard for assistance.

The father and daughter, who are local to the area, took a double kayak out to sea for a leisurely paddle. They were well prepared, by wearing buoyancy aids and had a mobile phone in a plastic case with them.

They were approaching Bawden Rocks, when they noticed the kayak was beginning to sit very low in the water. Identifying the problem, the father got out his mobile phone and called 999, asking for the Coastguard. He informed them of his situation and the MRCC at Falmouth requested the launch of the St Agnes RNLI Lifeboat ‘Kenneth R Easter’, the station's current relief lifeboat.

The lifeboat crew were paged at 12.27pm and the crew assembled, and launched the lifeboat, with Helm Tom Kay, Paul Fisher and Paul Kimberley as Crew.

The lifeboat proceeded towards the last known position of the kayaker. Whilst en route, the lifeboat called the St Agnes NCI, who are stationed on the clifftop at St Agnes Head. They were able to spot the casualties with their equipment and guide the lifeboat in to the scene.

The casualties were recovered, along with their kayak and returned to the beach at Trevaunance Cove, St Agnes.

The casualties were uninjured and did not require any medical assistance.

The lifeboat was re-housed and ready for service at 1.25pm.

The RNLI would like to take this opportunity to re-affirm the ‘Safety Advice for Kayers’, which can be found at:


On this occasion, the casualties had the right equipment and performed the right actions to get themselves out of danger, with the use of the 999 Coastguard Service and the RNLI Lifeboats.

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