The pagers sounded just before 5pm this evening, and the crew responded.

Lifeboats News Release

Falmouth Coastguard had received a report from a member of the public concerned that a kite surfer might be in the water.

RNLI/Niki Brooks

Crew launching


Robin Langford, second coxswain launched the all weather lifeboat along with Jonathan Harvey, Neil Brooks, Sam Pellow, Charles Anderson-Smith, DC and Paul Ward. They got underway heading towards Godrevy.

The first informer had seen the kite go down, and was concerned the person was in the water as the kite didn't go back up. Rather than assume the potential casualty had self rescued, the lifeboat was launched to ensure that there was no one in the water in any difficulty. The coastguard requested the crew to start performing a shoreline search and Portreath cliff rescue were also on scene, but just as the crew were getting underway with this, the potential casualty was confirmed to have self rescued and there wasn't anyone else in the water.

With this good news the crew then stood down and returned to the station, and readied the boat once again for service.

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