Looe RNLI volunteers rescue two kayakers from a cove by Portwrinkle

Lifeboats News Release

Two kayakers who were washed ashore in a cove to the west of Portwrinkle were taken to the safety of Portwrinkle harbour by Looe RNLI lifeboat crews

Looe RNLI D Class inshore lifeboat Ollie Naismith launching on service

RNLI/Ian Foster

Looe RNLI D Class inshore lifeboat Ollie Naismith launching on service

Yesterday afternoon, Thursday 17 September 2020, at 3.41 pm our volunteer RNLI crews launched both inshore lifeboats. Falmouth Coastguard operations centre had received a call from a person on the cliff path reporting two kayakers in difficulties in a cove to the west of Portwrinkle.

Arriving on scene our crew, on the charity’s D Class Ollie Naismith, found two kayakers on the sand, who had become separated by a rocky outcrop in a cove west of Portwrinkle. With the incoming tide and force 4 easterly wind creating a shore dump they had been washed ashore and were unable to leave the beach. Timing his approach helm Matt Jaycock took the D Class through the swell to the beach, where the first kayaker was helped into the lifeboat by crew Toby Bray and Aaron Rix. The kayaker was transferred to the Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II before the D class returned to the cove to pick up the second kayaker. Confirming both kayakers were uninjured they were taken to Portwrinkle harbour where they were met by Looe Coastguard team.

On the way back to Looe the crew on the Atlantic 85 Clive Palfrey, Nathaniel Rothwell, Brian Bowdler and Alastair Pearn spotted two more kayakers in the same location as the first pair. Confirming these kayakers were safe our crew informed them about the previous incident and offered safety advice.

Shore crew were Del Palfrey Paul Barley Eric Candy Paul Crossley and Tom Langan.

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Photos:

· Looe RNLI D Class inshore lifeboat Ollie Naismith launching on service
Photo credit RNLI / Ian Foster

· Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Sheila and Dennis Tongue II heading towards Portwrinkle
Photo credit RNLI / Ian Foster

Information

· Re-established as an inshore lifeboat station in 1992, Looe RNLI operate two inshore lifeboats
An Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II and a D Class Ollie Naismith

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Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Sheila and Dennis Tongue II heading towards Portwrinkle

RNLI/Ian Foster

Looe RNLI Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Sheila and Dennis Tongue II heading towards Portwrinkle

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