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Two shouts for Falmouth's Inshore Lifeboat and Crew

Lifeboats News Release

On Friday 26 October, the RNLI Falmouth inshore lifeboat Eve Pank was requested to launch to assist near Falmouth's beaches.

Two crew members assess the best way for an individual to descend the cliff

RNLI/Neil Capper

At 12.14pm on Friday 26 October, the inshore lifeboat with Helm Tom Telford, Tom Bird and Tamara Brookes were tasked to assist a group of paddle boarders and kayakers struggling with the wind off Maenporth beach.

The inshore lifeboat and crew arrived to find that a passing boat had recovered the paddle board and 3 children who were in trouble.

After ascertaining that there were more people potentially in difficulty, crew were placed ashore to speak to family on the beach and understand who else was unaccounted for. The boat who had helped previously assisted the kayaker and once all were accounted for and with the Falmouth Coastguard Rescue Team and an ambulance, the lifeboat returned to the station.

Later that day, Helm Neil Capper, Tom Telford and Tom Bird launched at 4.13pm to reports of a walker who had got into difficulty while walking and rock climbing between Gyllyngvase Beach and Swanpool. The casualty was walking between the two beaches on the rocks and got cut off by the tide. Having tried to climb the cliff and finding himself stuck 30 – 40 foot up on the crumbling cliffs, he sensibly stayed where he was and awaited help.

The inshore lifeboat arrived on scene at 4.20pm, with the Falmouth Coastguard Rescue Team also on scene. Once their kit was set up, the decision was made to evacuate the male casualty down the cliff edge and onto the bow of the inshore lifeboat, as the tide was still coming in.

Once onto the inshore lifeboat, the individual was dropped to Gyllyngvase Beach and passed to the Coastguard team and police.

The inshore lifeboat and crew then returned to the Falmouth lifeboat station and was refuelled and made ready for service by 5.20pm.

  • Slips and falls from coastal walking and running are the biggest cause of death on our coastlines. Always check the weather and tides. Always take a means of calling for help.
  • The light, buoyant design of a paddle board means that in an offshore breeze, you can quickly find yourself a long way from the shore and it can be extremely difficult to get back.
  • Avoid offshore winds, and always wear your leash. Hold onto your board if you get into trouble - it will help you float.
Marine Traffic tracker of inshore lifeboat showing the location of the two shouts

RNLI/Justine Read

Marine Traffic tracker of inshore lifeboat

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