St Agnes RNLI lifeboat crew rescues paddleboarder caught in offshore wind

Lifeboats News Release

Keen eyed RNLI volunteer helm spotted the stand-up paddle boarder being blown out to see and raised the alarm.

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With strong offshore winds and choppy conditions, concerns for the safety of the paddle boarder prompted experienced lifeboat volunteer Tom Forehead to get help. On this occasion, the help was to come from him and volunteer crew members Iona Fischer and Liam Richards.

At 5.13pm the volunteers of St Agnes RNLI were paged by Falmouth Coastguard and just 6 minutes later the D-Class inshore lifeboat (ILB) was launched. Reaching the casualty in less than 3 minutes the crew found that the adult male casualty had managed to reach rocks in the Polberro Cove area. The casualty was made safe and returned to Trevaunance Cove within in 5 minutes. With the casualty safely ashore, the lifeboat returned to the scene to recover the stand-up paddle board (SUP).

St Agnes RNLI lifeboat was refuelled, rehoused, disinfected and ready for service at 5.35pm.

With more fine weather forecast along with strong winds, St Agnes’ Lifeboat Operations Manager Emma Watkins gave this reminder,

“While the sea looks almost like the Med some days, water temperatures are still low and conditions can be challenging. Proper equipment and clothing is essential as the water is much colder than it looks and cold water shock can kill. We urge members of the public to seek advice before entering the water.”

For more information on how to stay safe when using a SUP.

https://rnli.org/safety/choose-your-activity/stand-up-paddle-boarding

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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 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 142,700 lives.

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