St Ives RNLI launch to assist swimmers amid reports of a spill in a local stream

Lifeboats News Release

Our crew launched the inshore lifeboat this morning at 10.35am, the request came in from Falmouth Coastguard and the crew quickly responded.

Inshore lifeboat on route

RNLI/Niki Brooks

Jonathan Harvey, Helm launched the inshore lifeboat with George Deacon and Ian Timms to Carbis Bay Beach. There were reports of a spill and concerns for anyone in the sea at Carbis Bay area.


The main requirement for the crew was to speak with swimmers and ensure that anyone in the sea got out safely .

The crew arrived on scene, they saw some people fishing on a rock and advised them of the situation. One of the crew left the lifeboat to discuss with the onscene coastguard, who advised the crew that the situation was under control. The which had occurred was into a local stream that comes out by the beach and the sea at Carbis Bay. The other crew members actively advised swimmers of the situation and to make their way back to the beach, with the assistance of the crew everyone got safely back to the beach.

The beach has been closed temporarily to the public whilst the police, and fire service take control of the situation.

Once the crew had ensured that anyone in the sea was back on the beach, the crew then made their way back to the station and readied the lifeboat once again for service.

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