Sennen Cove RNLI volunteers launch to report of kayakers in difficulties

Lifeboats News Release

On Thursday 30 July at 3.07pm, HM Coastguard Falmouth requested the immediate launch of Sennen Cove all-weather lifeboat following reports of an inflatable kayak being blown out to sea by the offshore wind.

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Sennen Cove tamar class lifeboat City of London III (Archive)

They had been alerted by numerous 999 calls from members of the public at Boat Cove stating that an inflatable kayak with two occupants had been seen drifting away from the shore and had disappeared from sight heading towards Pendeen lighthouse.

The Sennen Cove all weather lifeboat City of London III launched at 3.15pm with six volunteer crew on board and proceeded to the area of the kayak’s last known position arriving at 3.31pm.

It was soon established that the kayakers had managed to paddle to nearby Sandy Cove, just around the corner from Boat Cove, and were safe and well. Their intention was to return to Boat Cove with the kayak over land.

This information was relayed to the Falmouth Coastguard and with the knowledge that nobody was in danger, the lifeboat was then stood down to return to station.

The Tamar Class Lifeboat left the scene at 3.51pm arriving at Sennen Cove at 4.25pm where she was recovered up the short slip, refuelled and made ready for service.

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Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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