St Ives launches to reports of kite surfer in difficulty

Lifeboats News Release

On a damp and murky Friday afternoon and as the rain started to come down, the volunteer crews pagers sounded.

RNLI/Niki Brooks

Crew Launching
At 4.31pm Coxswain Rob Cocking launched the all-weather lifeboat on service with volunteer crew Ian Timms, Sue Antcliff, Mike Laity, Jake Martin, Jack Hill, Martin Ashmore and Clare Goode.

Falmouth Coastguard had received reports of a kite surfer in difficulty.

The crew quickly launched and got under way to Godrevy Point, once on route the crew contacted Falmouth Coastguard who confirmed that the kite surfer had just managed to get himself ashore. The potential casualty was on land and with the Coastguard being assessed. However at this point the Coastguard was unsure if anyone else was involved. The crew continued on in order to search the area to be sure that no one else needed assistance. Once at Godrevy lighthouse, the Coastguard contacted the crew to confirm that no one else was involved and the volunteer crew could stand down.

The crew turned around and made their way back to the station ad readied the boat once again for service.

RNLI/Niki Brooks

Crew returning

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