RNLI lifeboat crews launch to assist incident at Portreath
A male was witnessed to be in the sea and struggling to get onto the rocks in the area of Bassetts Cove, Portreath.
St.Agnes RNLI lifeboat crew launched at 6.50pm on 22 March, to join the H. M. Coastguard Portreath Rescue Team and St Agnes Coastguard Search & Rescue Team, along with the St Ives Lifeboat and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency Helicopter, to assist in the rescue of a casualty reported to be in the sea at Bassetts Cove, Portreath.
The volunteer St.Agnes lifeboat crew which included Paul Fisher, who was on his fist shout as helm, along with Richard Draisey and Joe Daysh, proceeded to the area to assist with the rescue.
The casualty had made his own way back out of the water and onto the rocks, before the lifeboats arrived. The HM Coastguard Team from Portreath had made physical contact with the casualty, and they were assisting them back to safety.
The St.Agnes and St.Ives RNLI lifeboat crew, along with the St.Agnes HM Coastguard Team and the HM Coastguard Helicopter were stood down and returned to base stations.
The St.Agnes RNLI lifeboat was escorted back to Trevaunance Cove by the St.Ives all weather lifeboat, as a safety precaution
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.