Falmouth RNLI Crew launch to upturned canoe
Falmouth’s inshore lifeboat Robina Nixon Chard was launched on Tuesday 14 July to reports of an upturned vessel at the mouth of the Helford river.
At 2.22pm, Falmouth inshore lifeboat, Helm Jamie Wakefield and crew Lloyd Barron, Tom Bird and Tamara Brookes launched from Falmouth station and made their way to the Helford. Having been reported by the Nare Head NCI Lookout, a canoe had capsized, leaving a family in the water.
The group was found to have made their way on to the shoreline, with one member remaining with the kayak with the help of a passing rib. Once the group had been checked up on that they were safe and well, the canoe was placed ashore as this was deemed the safest option with the shallow water and rocks near the beach. The children of the group were then transferred by the inshore lifeboat, whilst shadowing the adults in their kayak, back safely to Gillan Creek.
The lifeboat and crew then returned to the station to make the lifeboat ready for service again by 4.15pm.
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