Sennen Cove inshore lifeboat rescues family in difficulties .

Lifeboats News Release

Following a request for assistance from HM Coastguard Falmouth at 12.40 pm on Monday 31 May, the Sennen Cove inshore lifeboat Amy Brown launched quickly at 12.43 pm. An inflatable kayak, with a family of four, had been swept out towards Aire Point in Sennen Bay by an offshore wind.

The inshore lifeboat, with three RNLI volunteer crew, made all speed to Aire Point. RNLI lifeguards from the beach were already on scene but were unable to tow them back to safety.

The four casualties, two parents and two children, were transferred to the lifeboat, and, with the inflatable in tow, the lifeboat crew steadily made their way back to Sennen Cove harbour.

In reply to an inquiry from the Coastguard, the lifeboat crew said that the casualties were slightly cold but otherwise fine. They did not need medical attention. The crew would be able to warm them up once they got them back to the harbour. The waiting crew in the boathouse were asked to have towels ready on the beach for the family.

The lifeboat reached the harbour at 1.00 pm, and, wrapped in towels, the family sat on the harbour beach in the warm sunshine. The lifeboat crew made sure that they were fine before they stood down from their duties.

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Notes to editors

For more information please telephone Brian Simpson, RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 01736 871631, or 07762 057127 or bsennen@btinternet.com, or Tim Stevens, Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer on 07971518403 or tim.stevens63@gmail.com or Amy Caldwell, Regional Media Manager on 07920818807 or Amy_Caldwell@rnli.org.uk or contact the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789

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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 over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, 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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