Sennen Cove RNLI Lifeboat Rescues Kayaker

Lifeboats News Release

At 12.55pm, on Saturday 8 August HM Coastguard Falmouth requested the assistance of the Sennen Cove lifeboat, following reports of an inflatable dingy with three occupants in difficulties off Porthcurno. The lifeguards were with them , but needed assistance in getting them back to shore.

Sennen Cove All weather lifeboat with casualty's kayak on the afterdeck

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Sennen Cove All weather lifeboat with casualty's kayak on the afterdeck

The All weather lifeboat City of London III, with six crew on board, launched at 1-05 pm and headed to the scene. En route a further call was received that a kayaker was in difficulties off Porthgwarra. It was decided that this second emergency was more urgent, as the kayaker was alone and unaided.

The lifeboat crew began a search for the casualty. Such a small craft is difficult to find, but they eventually spotted him, thanks to his yellow jacket and the fact that he was waving a paddle. He was taken on board with his kayak and transported back to Porthcurno.

When they arrived at Porthcurno, the kayaker was handed over to the care of the lifeguards, and the inflatable had also been successfully returned to the safety of the beach.

The kayaker was extremely lucky. He had had the foresight to carry his mobile phone with him. He had called the Coastguard himself. When he was found, he was cold and tired. having struggled vainly against the receding tide off Gwennap Head, and was rapidly being driven out westwards. Without the phone, it could have been a tragic ending.

The City of London III returned to Sennen Cove and was recovered up the long slip at 2.05 pm.

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Sennen Cove Lifeboat Heading towards Porthcurno Beach

Key facts about the RNLI

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