Padstow RNLI lifeboat crew launch to kayaker in difficulty
The Padstow lifeboat crew launched at 4.30pm today (17 September 2019) to reports of a kayaker in difficulty off of Gunver Head
As the lifeboat headed out they received more information from the coastguard. The kayaker was in fact raising the alarm to help five more kayakers who were sheltering from changing sea conditions at Butterhole and had become trapped by an incoming tide.
The crew arrived on scene and launched the Y-boat; the kayakers did not require any medical attention and were transferred to the lifeboat, along with their kayaks.
Padstow Coastguard supported from the cliffs at Butterhole.
The kayaker who had paddled out to raise the alarm was helped back to Trevone by Harlyn Bay RNLI lifeguards.
The kayakers were safely returned to Padstow lifeboat station at 5.10pm.
Notes to editorsImages taken by Jen Brown, Padstow Coastguard, from the cliff tops at Butterhole, showing the kayakers, Padstow RNLI Lifeboat and a message in the sand.
Credit: Jen Brown, Padstow Coastguard
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