Newquay RNLI volunteers responded to their pagers on Wednesday night (28 April) following multiple reports of a windsurfer in difficulties between Porth and Lusty Glaze, and were put on stand-by to assist with a police incident in Newquay Bay on Saturday (1 May).
The volunteer crew launched the charity’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat at 7.48pm and were on scene just a couple of minutes later. On arrival, the windsurfer had already stowed his kit and the lifeboat crew assisted the casualty onboard, before he was landed safely ashore at Porth Beach, where he was met by members of Newquay Coastguard rescue team.
The lifeboat crew returned to station at Newquay Harbour and the lifeboat was made ready for service by 8.15pm.
Newquay's RNLI volunteers were paged again at 1.30pm on Saturday (1 May) and requested to come to 'immediate readiness' at the lifeboat station, following notification of an ongoing police incident and concern for a man's safety in Newquay Bay.
A police suspect had entered the sea at Towan Beach to evade officers and was swimming towards the harbour. Whilst RNLI lifeguard colleagues monitored the man's progress across the bay, the lifeboat crew kitted up and stood-by at the station, ready to launch the charity's D class inshore lifeboat immediately if assistance was required.
The man made it safely ashore at a small cove near the Huer's Hut, where he was detained by police officers, and the lifeboat crew were stood down at 2pm.
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