St.Agnes and Newquay RNLI Lifeboats search for swimmers at Perranporth

Lifeboats News Release

The St.Agnes and Newquay RNLI Lifeboats were requested to launch following a report of missing swimmers in the sea at Perranporth, in freezing conditions, in the middle of the night

St.Agnes RNLI Lifeboat being re-housed in the middle of the night

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St.Agnes RNLI Lifeboat being re-housed in the middle of the night

The St.Agnes Lifeboat was paged at 0100 hours on Sunday 19 January 2020, to Perranporth following a report that there were some swimmers missing in the sea.

The Lifeboat proceeded in freezing conditions, with Helm, Gavin Forehead and Crew, Paul Fisher and Ed Schwarz, towards Perranporth. The Newquay RNLI Atlantic 85 Lifeboat, HM Coastguard Helicopter and St.Agnes Coastguard Search and Rescue Team were also tasked and proceeded to the area, along with several Police vehicles from Devon and Cornwall Constabulary.

On arrival, the Lifeboats conducted a search of the area around Droskyn and Perranporth Beach, and the HM Coastguard floodlit the area in it’s search. The St.Agnes Coastguard Team and several Police Units conducted a search of the shore and surround area for any persons who may be involved in the incident. After around 30 minutes, the Police located a male on the beach, who declared that he was the only person who had been in the water. He was treated by Paramedics from the South Western Ambulance Service and all units were stood down.

The St.Agnes RNLI Lifeboat was re-housed and ready for service at 0215hrs.

Within hours of the night time call out, the crews of the St.Agnes Lifeboat were back at sea, training at 0930hrs in the morning.

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