St Agnes RNLI launches to search Cligga Head area
St Agnes RNLI volunteer crew launched their D class lifeboat after reports of a person in danger at Hanover Cove.
In anticipation of improved weather and an increase in visitors to Cornwall’s coast, St Agnes RNLI has been busy training at every available opportunity. This afternoon at 3.37pm the crew was paged to launch after reports of a male in difficulty at the foot of cliffs in Hanover Cove between St Agnes and Perranporth.
The lifeboat was launched at 3.43pm and a multi-agency operation ensued with the St Agnes Coastguard Cliff Rescue team and the Coastguard Rescue Helicopter joining the lifeboat in a search for the person. After an extensive search by boat, air and land nothing was found and the teams were stood down. HM Coastguard in Falmouth confirmed that there was no casualty, but that a report was made with good intent.
St Agnes RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, Emma Watkins said: 'Even if you are not 100% sure there is a problem, if you think someone is in trouble in or by the sea, it is always better to call 999 and ask for the Coastguard. Our volunteer crew is always ready to launch the lifeboat to help.
'For two crew members, Fred Stein and Dan Grant, this was their first opportunity to put training into action. Congratulations on your first call out Dan and Fred.'
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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.