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Looe RNLI volunteers launch to the assistance of a kite surfer in difficulties

Lifeboats News Release

Tasked to investigate reports of a kite surfer in difficulties off Seaton beach, Looe RNLI volunteers arrived to find the kite surfer entangled in lines being assisted by an instructor. The crew stood by as they returned to shallow water

Recovery of Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II

RNLI/Ian Foster

Recovery of Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II

At 6.30 pm yesterday evening, Monday 13 May 2019, Falmouth Coastguards requested the launch of the charity’s Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat to investigate a report of a kitesurfer in difficulties off Seaton beach. Arriving quickly on scene, our volunteer crew found a kite surfer entangled in his lines being assisted by an instructor on a rescue board. Confirming both were not in trouble, our crew stood by as they got to the shore line and then returned to station. Volunteer helm Dave Jackman commented that from the shore it may have looked like the kite surfer was in difficulties and someone on a board was going to his aid. The first informant did the right thing in contacting the coastguards, as the lifeboat crews would prefer to launch and find everything is OK rather than learn later that someone was in difficulty and needed assistance.

Weather blue skies, south easterly force 5 wind, moderate seas

Crew Toby Bray, Brian Bowdler, Dave Jackman and Tom Peat

Tractor drivers and shore crew Chris Lewis, Richard Rix, Nick Pope, Paul Barley, John Pope, Nat Rothwell, Dale Staff and Tom Langan

The inshore lifeboat returned to the lifeboat station and prepared for service by 7.45 pm.

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Photos:

· Recovery of Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II
Photo credit RNLI / Ian Foster

· Stock image - Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II
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

RNLI media contacts

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

RNLI/Ian Foster

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

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