St Agnes RNLI Lifeboat rescues stand-up paddle boarders.

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer lifeboat crew launched on Sunday (26 Sept) evening to search for two people spotted waving in distress off Cligga Head near Perranporth.

A stand up paddle boarder

RNLI/Nathan Williams

A stand up paddle boarder

Having set off in favourable conditions the two paddle boarders found themselves struggling against strengthening winds. Realising they were not making headway they attempted to call 999 but were unable to get a mobile phone signal. The casualties were spotted by walkers on the coast path who called 999 and requested the Coastguard.

St Agnes’ crew was paged with an immediate launch instruction at 4.49pm and the D-Class inshore lifeboat was launched six minutes later. Arriving on scene within 10 minutes the crew spoke to the casualties and decided to bring them aboard along with their boards. With winds reaching 20 knots the lifeboat made a bumpy return journey to Trevaunance Cove where the man and woman were monitored by casualty care trained crew and given hot drinks before returning to their vehicle.

One casualty remarked, “We both felt blessed and humbled by your service, thank you.”

Volunteer helm, Tom Forehead, commented, “The paddle boarders were well equipped and wearing appropriate gear. They had a means of communicating with shore which unfortunately did not work because of their location. I would urge people to check the weather forecast as conditions do change rapidly at sea, especially at this time of year.”

After a quick relaunch to check on a group of nearby swimmers, the lifeboat was recovered, refuelled and back on service by 6pm.

For more information on paddle boarding safely, you can visit the RNLI website https://rnli.org/safety/choose-your-activity/stand-up-paddle-boarding

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