Falmouth volunteer crew called out to capsized kayaker in first shout of 2020

Lifeboats News Release

Falmouth RNLI volunteers were called out on their first shout of the year on Saturday 4 January to reports of kayakers in difficulty near Nare Head.

The inshore lifeboat launched at 11.51am with Helm Luke Wills and crew Joe Amps, Lloyd Barron and Tamsin Mulcahy and made its way to Gerrans Bay. Falmouth Coastguard tasked the crew to go to the aid of two kayakers after one individual had capsized and was unable to get back on his kayak.

Having managed to swim ashore and climb onto rocks at the base of Nare Head, the capsized individual was unable to return to the beach and in need of help. The other kayaker was able to raise the call for assistance via a nearby fishing boat.

Arriving on scene at 12.07pm, the inshore lifeboat crew collected the individual from the rocks, checked they were well and recovered their floating kayak. Once the RNLI crew had delivered the casualty back to Carne Beach and escorted the fellow kayaker in to shore, the crew returned to Falmouth station and made the lifeboat ready for service.

Notes to editors

  • Attached photo shows Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Robina Nixon Chard (credit RNLI/Simon Culliford) and Marine Traffic Screenshot of the inshore lifeboat’s movements

  • When heading out onto the water, you need to be able to call for help. Having the appropriate means to tell the coastguard exactly where you are is the quickest way to save your life. Whether its a VHF radio, a personal locator beacon, a tracker or a mobile phone, always carry a suitable means for calling help and keep it attached to your person and within reach.

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Falmouth inshore lifeboat Robina Nixon-Chard

RNLI/Simon Culliford

Falmouth inshore lifeboat Robina Nixon-Chard
Marine Traffic Screenshot of the inshore lifeboat’s movements

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Marine Traffic Screenshot of the inshore lifeboat’s movements

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