Looe RNLI volunteers rescue a kayaker in difficulties
Yesterday afternoon, Friday 15 June 2018, Looe RNLI volunteer crews launched the charity’s Atlantic 85 to go to the aid of a kayaker whose craft was taking in water and sinking. The kayaker was bought on board the inshore lifeboat and he was taken back to Looe Lifeboat Station
At 4.36 pm yesterday afternoon, Falmouth Coastguards received 999 calls from walkers on the coast path between Looe and Talland reporting a kayaker in difficulties some 500 meters off shore to the west of the Hore Stone. Within seven minutes volunteers from Looe RNLI were launching the Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Sheila and Dennis Tongue II.
Finding his kayak taking in water and sinking, the kayaker was able to attract the attention of walkers on the coast path who raised the alarm by calling the coastguards on 999. On scene the volunteer crew quickly located the casualty who was bought on board the inshore lifeboat and taken back to Looe Lifeboat Station. His kayak was bought back to Looe by a local charter fishing boat who was in the area.
Safely back at the Lifeboat Station the kayaker was given water safety information by our Community Safety Officer and he has asked us to thank the walkers on the coast path who saw him in difficulties and raised the alarm.
Looe RNLI’s Community Safety Office Jasper Graham-Jones recommends to anyone who goes out onto the water, carry a means of calling for help and keeping the equipment accessible at all times. Ideally a personal locator beacon (PLB), waterproof VHF handheld radio or a mobile phone in a waterproof pouch.
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· Looe RNLI’s Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Sheila and Dennis Tongue II
Photo credit RNLI / Ian Foster
· Looe RNLI’s D Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Sheila and Dennis Tongue II
returning to Looe
Photo credit RNLI / Ian Foster
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