Looe RNLI volunteers launch following reports of a kayaker in difficulty
Looe RNLI volunteer crews launched the charity’s D Class inshore lifeboat yesterday evening following reports of a kayaker in difficulties 400 yards south east of Second Beach The inshore lifeboat crew stood by as the kayaker returned to shore
Looe RNLI volunteers were paged at 9.38 pm yesterday evening, Sunday 27 May 2018, following reports of a kayaker in difficulties 400 yards off Second Beach, East Looe. The volunteer RNLI crew launched the charity’s D Class inshore lifeboat Ollie Naismith and quickly located the kayaker south east of East Looe beach. The kayaker had been out in Looe bay enjoying the evening and was not in any trouble but was beginning to feel tired. The inshore lifeboat crew stayed alongside until the kayaker returned safely back onto Millendreath beach.
Looe RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Dave Haines said ‘From the shore it appeared that someone was in trouble and the informants did the right thing by calling it in. We would always rather launch and not be needed, than not be called and learn that someone was really in danger. Anyone who has concerns about people along the coast or in the water should act promptly and call 999 to alert the Coastguard’.
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· Stock image - Looe RNLI’s D Class inshore lifeboat Ollie Naismith returning to Looe
Photo credit RNLI / Ian Foster
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