Newquay RNLI volunteers rescue woman trapped by tide

Lifeboats News Release

Newquay RNLI lifeboat volunteers were alerted at 7.36pm on Sunday 26 April to reports of a woman trapped by the incoming tide below cliffs at the Barrowfields.

View from the clifftop as Newquay RNLI crew rescue woman from rocks in D class inshore lifeboat

Newquay Coastguard/Regie Butler


The charity’s D class inshore lifeboat was launched in a slight swell at 7.45pm and with support from Newquay Coastguard Rescue Team on the clifftop, the casualty was rescued from the rocks by the RNLI crew and landed safely at the lifeboat station at 8.05pm.

An RNLI spokesperson said: 'Our charity’s lifeboat service is still available during the lockdown, 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.

While you are allowed out for daily exercise, we do not recommend that this exercise is on or in the sea. So if you do go for a walk or a run at the coast, please follow the RNLI’s safety advice:

Take care near cliffs - know your route and your limitations, check the weather forecast and tide times, and if you fall into the water, FLOAT TO LIVE. Fight your instinct to thrash around, lean back, extend your arms and legs, and float. In any coastal emergency dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard'.


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For more information please contact Andy Hobkinson, Newquay RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer at andy_hobkinson@rnli.org.uk or 07880 507464 or Marianne Quinn, Regional Media Officer at marianne_quinn@rnli.org.uk or 07786 668847 or contact the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789.

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