Newquay RNLI lifeboat completes two rescues within an hour

Lifeboats News Release

Our RNLI volunteers had a busy morning on Sunday (29 August). Just as our volunteers had returned from a scheduled training exercise, washed the lifeboat and rehoused her, their pagers sounded for the second time this week.

Launch of Newquay's Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat

RNLI/Ann-Marie Dale

Newquay's Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat

At 12.10pm our crew were tasked to assist an adult and two children who had found themselves stranded on rocks near to Little Fistral and immediately the charity's Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat was launched into a calm sea.

Fortunately the casualties had been helped from the rocks by the crew of a local fishing vessel and once our volunteers were on scene, the casualties were transferred into the lifeboat and taken back to the safety of Newquay harbour.

Shortly after returning to the harbour and securing the lifeboat back on her trailer, a member of the public alerted the crew to a paddleboarder who was experiencing difficulty just outside the harbour walls. So for a third time, the lifeboat was put back into the water and went to the aid of the paddleboarder. The casualty was put aboard the boat and brought back to the lifeboat station where he was clinically assessed by the helm of the lifeboat, himself a qualified paramedic and advised to go to hospital to get a full assessment of a shoulder injury.

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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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