Newquay RNLI crew answer three shouts in succession
On Saturday 13 August Newquay RNLI lifeboats volunteers received three tasking requests in just under two hours.
The first page was received at 6.31pm when the charity’s D class inshore lifeboat,
Enid Mary was tasked to assist Padstow Coastguard, Coastguard Rescue 924 helicopter and Newquay coastguard search & rescue team at Whipsiderry. Reports had been received of two people being cut off by the incoming tide. Whilst the multi-agency search was underway, a further update was received that one of the casualties was face down in the water, the charity’s Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat was launched immediately to provide back up.
Following a lengthy search of the area, no casualties were found, and confirmation was received that they had made their own way out of the water and back to shore safely.
The second shout was received by the RNLI volunteers whilst returning to Newquay harbour, both inshore lifeboats received a tasking instruction to divert to Crantock, where two children were reported to be in difficulty at the mouth of the river Gannel.
Fortunately, a family member was able to rescue them from the water. A paramedic crew member was put ashore to begin medical assessment of the children who were suffering from shock. A second paramedic crew member later joined them and continued medical assessment, the pair were discharged on scene and given worsening advice.
Once again on return to Newquay harbour, both boats were diverted to North Fistral as concerns had been received about two swimmers thought to be seen waving for help.
The crew of the charity’s Atlantic 85 who were first on the scene located the swimmers who turned out to be fine, enjoying their swim and taking photos. After the crew were reassured the swimmers were ok, both lifeboats finally returned to Newquay Lifeboat station by 8.57pm.
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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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