Newquay RNLI assist coastguard in rescue at Porth
At 6.39pm on Tuesday 17 August, Newquay RNLI lifeboat volunteers were paged and tasked to assist three casualties in difficulty in the water at Porth Beach.
The charity’s D-class inshore lifeboat was launched at 6.45pm, followed shortly after by the Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat, in an onshore breeze and a metre surf, the lifeboats proceeded to Porth.
While on route it was confirmed that an adult and two children who had been in the water had now been helped ashore by two members of the public and as a result were themselves receiving first aid by Coastguard personnel. On arrival, our volunteers switched a member of crew who is a trained paramedic from the larger Atlantic 85 into the D-class lifeboat and took him ashore where a third person was also given first aid.
The two children who had originally been in difficulty in the water in the first instance were safe in the Coastguard search and rescue helicopter and the three adults who had received first aid on the beach were handed over to the care of the Ambulance Service at 7.45pm.
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 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.