Two kayakers rescued half a mile off the coast near Portreath

Lifeboats News Release

St. Agnes RNLI’s D-Class lifeboat launched to assist two males, drifting out to sea in an inflatable kayak.

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St.Agnes Lifeboat launching towards Portreath

St. Agnes RNLI crew members were paged at 4.16pm in response to concerns for a small craft seen drifting away from shore.

The D-Class Lifeboat, with helm Gavin Forehead and crew members Paul Fisher and Lloyd Stein headed to Portreath. The lifeboat launched at 4.20pm and reached the kayak in under 15 minutes from launching. Two males were discovered struggling against an offshore wind in a rising swell, half a mile off the coast of Portreath. The men were fishing from the inflatable.

The casualties were taken to Portreath, where they were met by the Portreath Coastguard Search and Rescue Team.

While you are allowed out for daily exercise, the RNLI do not recommend that this exercise is on or in the sea. Our charity’s lifeboat service is still available but every time a lifeboat crew is called to an incident, it puts additional pressure on RNLI volunteers and other front line emergency services as well as potentially exposing them to COVID-19.

The lifeboat returned to Trevaunance Cove where it was extensively cleaned, and vital lifesaving equipment was disinfected. The St. Agnes RNLI Lifeboat was refuelled, rehoused, and ready for service at 6pm.

For further information in relation to safety at the beach, with inflatables or kayaking, please follow these links:

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St Agnes lifeboat returning to station 1

RNLI/Doug Stein

St Agnes lifeboat returning to station 2

RNLI/Doug Stein

St Agnes lifeboat returning to station 2

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