St Ives inshore lifeboat launches to kayaker
It was 5.40pm on Thursday 15th August, and most of our volunteers working day was just coming to an end. Then the pagers sounded and the crew responded.
The crew were requested to assist our lifeguards with a kayaker in the Portmeor area after multiple 999 calls were received.
The crew led by helm Nick Phillips along with Jack Hill and Daisy Jarvis arrived on scene, the kayaker had paddled out at Porthmeor, but had then turned around due to the sea conditions.
As the kayaker turned to head back, a wave turned the potential casualty out of the kayak. The lifeguards were quickly on scene and the crew arrived to assist.
It was decided the best place to bring the kayak and potential casualty was back to the harbour. The crew got the potential casualty and kayak onto the inshore lifeboat and made their way back to the station. No injuries or issues to report.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.