Falmouth RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew launches to an inflatable out at sea
Falmouth inshore lifeboat launched on 19 July to reports of an inflatable floating off the coast.
The inshore lifeboat Eve Pank was launched to aid the coastguard in looking for what was reported to be a green dinghy spotted drifting offshore from Portscatho.
The volunteer crew were paged at 8.09 pm and travelled to the estimated location. When on-scene, the vessel was located approximately 1 nautical mile further south-east. The item drifting turned out to be a form of inflatable beach chair.
A search of the area was immediately initiated and vessels in the area were questioned however it was apparent that the item has floated out from Porthcurnick beach with no person aboard.
The inshore lifeboat and crew continued a shoreline search back to Greeb Point, then headed back to station where the lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service.
- The RNLI has issued warnings in this hot weather regarding inflatable usage in the sea, reminding people that blow-up toys and airbeds are designed for pools and not the sea where they can easily be swept out.
- The recent heatwave has also meant that other lifeboat stations around the country have been busy rescuing people who have been blown out to sea on inflatables.
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