Looe RNLI volunteers launch to assist a kayaker reported to be in difficulties
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
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.
Notes to editors
· Low tide recovery of both Looe RNLI inshore lifeboats
Photo credit RNLI / Sue Foster
· 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
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