St Ives launches to dog walker, then re-tasked to search for casualty
Both of our lifeboats launched at the request of Falmouth Coastguard at 5.17pm.
The lifeboats were launched initially to reports of a dog walker in need of assistance. The volunteer crew launched the all weather and inshore lifeboat quickly and made their way to the Gull rock area continuing on to Hells Mouth, there were concerns of a dog walker and their safety.
The crew arrived on scene and performed a full search of the area and as they were nearing completion the coastguard contacted the crew to stand them down, the potential casualty had been located safely.
The crew had just begun their way back when they were tasked for a second time.
This time they were tasked with assisting in a shoreline search for a potential casualty. The crew quickly began the search from Hells Mouth, down to Gwithian, Hayle Bar, Carbis Bay to Porthminster Point. As the crew were coming down to Porthminster they were contacted by Falmouth Coastguard to let them know that the potential casualty had been located by Portreath Coastguard. At that point the crew made their way back to the station. The lifeboats have been recovered and readied once again for service.
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.