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At 11.14am today the call for help came, and the crew responded

Lifeboats News Release

Falmouth Coastguard had received a call from a member of the public that a kite surfer was in difficulty.

RNLI/Niki Brooks

Inshore lifeboat launching

Barney Stevens, Helm launched our inshore lifeboat with Jack Hill and David Holland-Kemp, and our volunteers got underway.

The crew made their way to the Black Cliff area, this was the reported location for the kite surfer who was thought to be just outside of the surf line.

The crew arrived quickly onscene and began their search of the area. A few minutes into their search, Falmouth coastguard made contact with the crew to confirm that the kite surfer had managed to self rescue, was safe and well on land. Great news.

After receiving this confirmation, the crew stood down and made their way back to the station and readied the boat once again for service.

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