Newquay RNLI respond to 999 swimmer alert

Lifeboats News Release

Newquay’s RNLI volunteers launched both inshore lifeboats on Friday evening (16 April) after a member of the public called 999 to report a swimmer in difficulties in the sea at Fistral Beach

A panoramic view from Fistral Beach, with both lifeboat crews and Coastguard helicopter searching the foreground, in front of dramatic sky

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Newquay lifeboat crews and Coastguard helicopter during search at Fistral

The charity's crews launched from Newquay Harbour at 6.25pm and searched the length of Fistral Bay in calm seas and a light south easterly wind, alongside the Coastguard search & rescue helicopter and Newquay Coastguard rescue team.

After searching the whole area and consulting with the first informant, the Coastguard believe the swimmer had got safely out of the water around South Fistral.

Satisfied that the call was a false alarm with good intent and that nobody was in difficulties on this occasion, the RNLI volunteers were stood down by the Coastguard and returned to the lifeboat station shortly after 7pm.

Gareth Horner, Newquay RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said: ‘With a busy year expected on local beaches, if you see someone in difficulties at the coast, don't hesitate to call 999 and ask for the Coastguard. Our RNLI volunteers and emergency services colleagues would always rather respond and confirm everyone's safe’.


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