Two stranded kayakers rescued

Lifeboats News Release

St Agnes RNLI lifeboat launched on Sunday 31 May at 4.39pm, to assist in the rescue of two young men.

RNLI/Tom Knight

St Agnes RNLI crew retrieves kayaks
The two kayakers were stranded on Gull Rock, off Portreath, after one of their kayaks began taking on water. Arriving on scene, helm Gavin Forehead accompanied by volunteer crew members Liam Richards and Lloyd Stein, found the casualties in the care of volunteers from Portreath Surf Lifesaving Club.

It was noted by the crew that the pair were not wearing buoyancy aids, were in shorts and T-shirts and had no reliable means of calling for help. Volunteers from the Surf Lifesaving Club raised the alarm and went to assist when they witnessed one of the kayaks capsize repeatedly.

The two casualties were equipped with lifejackets and taken on board the RNLI D-Class lifeboat to be transferred to shore. Once the casualties were safely ashore the crew returned to Gull Rock to recover the kayaks.

The RNLI would like to take this opportunity to remind the public of the dangers of coastal activities and the importance of proper safety equipment. For more information on kayaks and water safety follow the link below. As part of its ‘Respect The Water’ campaign, the RNLI recommends that kayakers should always carry a means of communication when putting to sea.

St Agnes RNLI lifeboat returned to station to be cleaned, refueled and was ready for service at 6.00pm.



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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 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 142,200 lives.

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Kayaks returned to shore at Portreath

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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