St Ives Launches to two people and a kayak
It was Friday evening just before 7pm and our crew were getting ready for a relaxing evening, then the pagers sounded.
Reports were coming in of two people with a kayak needing assistance.
Helm Jonathan Harvey along with Paul Le Bas and Jamie Oatham launched initially to the Porthmeor area, however the search was amended and the crew made there way to Porthgwidden and headed North West. Volunteer crew member Jamie Oatham spotted both persons along with the kayak.
The crew proceeded to board the two persons onto the inshore lifeboat, along with the kayak and then made their way back to St Ives Harbour.
Jonathan Harvey, helm commented “ We were pleased to see that the potential casualties did have a phone in a waterproof casing so they could raise the alarm for help, having a way to make contact for help when you are out is essential.’
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.