Looe RNLI volunteers respond to a report of overdue kayakers
Both RNLI inshore lifeboats were launched by Looe RNLI volunteers this afternoon following a report of overdue kayakers. The group were located safe, one mile to the east of Millendreath
With their pagers sounding at 12.44 pm this afternoon, Sunday 7 July 2019, Looe RNLI volunteers made their way to the lifeboat station to launch both of the charity’s inshore lifeboats. Making their way out into Looe bay, the Atlantic 85 lifeboat Sheila and Dennis Tongue II and D Class lifeboat Ollie Naismith had to pass by several luggers, which were moored in the bay for the second day of the Looe Lugger Regatta. Our volunteer crews had been tasked to search for a group of kayakers who were overdue back at Millendreath beach. Very quickly the kayakers were located safe and sound, one mile east of Millendreath beach unaware they were overdue.
Looe RNLI Volunteer helm, Clive Palfrey advises everyone out on the water to always carry a waterproof vhf radio or mobile phone in a waterproof pouch, as a means of calling for help. Always keep these close at hand so they can be used in an emergency. He further advises that you tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return. Keep a track of time and, when you realise you will be overdue at your destination, make contact to confirm all is well and give a revised return time.
Both inshore lifeboats returned to the lifeboat station where they were prepared for service by 2.30 pm.
Notes to editors
· Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II in Looe bay
Photo credit RNLI / Sue Foster
· Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II returning to Looe
Photo credit RNLI / Ian Foster
· Looe RNLI D Class Ollie Naismith returning to Looe
Photo credit RNLI / Ian 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
· Kayaking is one of the most popular watersports in the UK
RNLI safety advice for kayakers can be found on the RNLI website
· For further information on Looe RNLI Lifeboats please visit our website www.looelifeboats.co.uk
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