Newquay RNLI volunteers called out on Christmas Day

Lifeboats News Release

It's not been a quiet Christmas Day for Newquay RNLI Lifeboat volunteers as their pagers sounded at 4.20pm on the big day.

Newquay RNLI D Class being recovered on Christmas Day 2022

RNLI/Kev Goulding

Newquay RNLI D Class recovery
Reports were received that a person was cut off by the tide on Great Western Beach.
At 4.22pm with fair visibility and a 2.5m surf, the duty launch authority gave the go ahead for the charity's D class lifeboat to be launched and to commence a search of the area to try and locate the casualty.

Thankfully the dedicated RNLI volunteers who had left their families and Christmas festivities, were relieved to hear that the stranded person had managed to scramble to safety up steps near to the former Trebarwith Hotel.

The lifeboat crew were stood down at 4.35pm and made their way back to the station, the D class was recovered, cleaned and refuelled by the shore crew and eventually they all returned to their own celebrations.

Amazing dedication by our colleagues today and we're all thankful for a happy outcome.

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