Looe RNLI volunteers rescue kayakers in difficulties off Hannafore Point

Lifeboats News Release

Two kayakers in difficulties off Hannafore Point were rescued by a Looe RNLI volunteer crew and taken back to the beach

Stock image - Looe RNLI D Class inshore lifeboat Ollie Naismith

RNLI/Ian Foster

Stock image - Looe RNLI D Class inshore lifeboat Ollie Naismith

Yesterday evening, Thursday 27 August 2020, Falmouth Coastguard Operations Centre received multiple 999 calls reporting persons on two kayaks in difficulties, approximately 150m offshore, from the Sailing Club hut on Hannafore Point. Within six minutes of the pager alert, at 7.16 pm our volunteer shore crew, Paul Barley, Eric Candy and Del Palfrey were launching the charity’s D Class inshore lifeboat Ollie Naismith.

Arriving on scene volunteer crew Clive Palfrey, Toby Bray and Matt Jaycock found two persons, wearing buoyancy aids, on a twin seat, sit on kayak, having difficulties returning to the beach in the moderate seas and force three westerly wind. They were cold and wet and informed our crew that one of the pair was originally in the second craft, a sit in kayak, which had capsized. They were able to right the capsized kayak, allowing one of the group to make their way ashore to raise the alarm. After taking the pair and their kayak back to the beach our crew returned to station to wash down and refuel the lifeboat, ready for the next service call.


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· Stock image - Looe RNLI D Class inshore lifeboat Ollie Naismith
Photo credit RNLI / Ian Foster


· Re-established as an inshore lifeboat station in 1992, Looe RNLI operate two inshore lifeboats
An Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II and a D Class Ollie Naismith

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