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Looe RNLI volunteers launch to assist a kayaker reported to be in difficulties

Lifeboats News Release

Following reports of a kayaker in difficulties at the entrance to Looe river yesterday lunchtime, volunteers from Looe RNLI launched both inshore lifeboats to assist. After searching for 45 minutes the volunteer crews could not locate the kayaker and the lifeboats were stood down

Low tide recovery of both Looe RNLI inshore lifeboats

RNLI/Sue Foster

Low tide recovery of both Looe RNLI inshore lifeboats

Volunteer crew pagers sounded at 11.50 am yesterday, Saturday 6 April 2019, following a 999 call to Falmouth coastguard control centre reporting a kayaker in difficulties at the entrance to the harbour, off the Banjo Pier. Quickly launching the charity’s D Class inshore lifeboat Ollie Naismith the crew could not locate the kayaker and requested the launch of the Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Sheila and Dennis Tongue II, to extend the search. After a 45 minute search the inshore lifeboats had found nothing untoward and were stood down by Falmouth coastguards

The low tide, together with rough seas and force 4 south easterly winds created challenging conditions for the recovery of the inshore lifeboats, back on station the lifeboats were washed down, refuelled and made ready for service by 1.30 pm.

Dave Haines, Looe RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, said that the first informants did the right thing in calling the coastguard after seeing what they thought was someone in trouble. Our volunteer crews 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 should act promptly and call 999 to alert the Coastguard.

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Notes to editors

Photos:

· Low tide recovery of both Looe RNLI inshore lifeboats
Photo credit RNLI / Sue Foster

Information

· Re-established as an inshore lifeboat station in 1992, Looe RNLI operate two inshore lifeboats
An Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II and a D Class Ollie Naismith

· For further information on Looe RNLI Lifeboats please visit our website www.looelifeboats.co.uk

· Looe RNLI Facebook page www.facebook.com/LooeRNLI

RNLI media contacts

For more information please telephone Ian Foster, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer for Looe Lifeboat Station, on 07902 753228 or looelpo@ianfoster.com or ian_foster@rnli.org.uk

or Amy Caldwell, RNLI Regional Media Manager, on 07920 818807 or amy_caldwell@rnli.org.uk

or Emma Haines, RNLI Regional Media Officer, on 07786 668847 or emma.haines@rnli.org.uk

Alternatively you can contact the RNLI Duty Press Officer on 01202 336789

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