Looe RNLI volunteers deal with two kayak related shouts

Lifeboats News Release

This weekend, Looe RNLI volunteers launched twice to kayak related shouts. After a search from Talland to Polperro for a kayak / dinghy reported to be in difficulties found nothing untoward, the first shout was deemed to be a false alarm with good intent

Stock image - Looe RNLI D Class Ollie Naismith leaving Looe on service

RNLI/Ian Foster

Stock image - Looe RNLI D Class Ollie Naismith leaving Looe on service

The second shout was to a kayaker in an inflatable kayak off Looe Island reported to be in difficulty after losing their paddle in strong WNW winds.

On Saturday 17 August 2019 at 2,51 pm Looe RNLI volunteer pagers sounded, following a report of two teenagers on a blue kayak / dinghy in difficulties between Talland and Polperro. Quickly launching the charity’s Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II our crew arrived on scene within 10 minutes. After talking to the owners of two blue kayaks on talland beach who confirmed they had not been out at sea our crew searched the coastline between Talland and Polperro. After searching for 40 minutes and finding nothing untoward they were stood down by Falmouth Coastguard control centre and returned t the lifeboat station. The call was treated as a false alarm with good intent.

The second shout came at 4.54 pm on Sunday 18 August 2019, when volunteer wardens on Looe Island observed a person on an inflatable kayak in difficulties after losing their paddle in strong WNW winds. Launching the D Class inshore lifeboat Ollie Naismith within four minutes the crew were quickly on scene to transfer the kayaker onto the lifeboat. Recovering the inflatable kayak and paddle they took the casualty back to the lifeboat station where appropriate safety advice was offered.

Looe RNLI volunteer crew always advise users of watercraft such as canoes or kayaks to wear suitable lifejackets and carry an appropriate means of calling for help, kept close at hand in easy reach. They go on to suggest that the paddle is attached to the kayak with a tether to prevent it drifting away.

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Notes to editors

No photos from this shout are available

RNLI Kayaking and canoeing safety advice can be found on this link

https://rnli.org/safety/choose-your-activity/kayaking-and-canoeing

Photos:

· Stock image - Looe RNLI D Class Ollie Naismith leaving Looe on service
Photo credit RNLI / Ian Foster

· Stock image - Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II leaving Looe on service
Photo credit RNLI / Ian 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

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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
Stock image - Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II leaving Looe on service

RNLI/Ian Foster

Stock image - Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II leaving Looe on service

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