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Boxing Day call out for Port Isaac RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Whilst most of us were snacking on Christmas leftovers on Boxing Day, RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew were tasked at 16.50 to a lone female on the rocks between Trebarwith Strand and Hole Beach.

RNLI/Faye Archell

Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) shows the journey the lifeboat made
Port Isaac Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) Pride of Port Isaac (Goeth Porthusek) responded and arrived on scene in a strong force 4 with 2-3m seas. Along with Padstow RNLI, Polzeath Coastguard, Boscastle Coastguard and Coastguard rescue helicopter 924.

The casualty had been swimming and taking wildlife photos when they were cut off by the tide. Fortunately they were able to locate an area with a mobile phone signal and called 999 before the signal was lost again.

The scene was now completely dark so Port Isaac crew launched a star burst flare to illuminate the area. The casualty was located in a safe zone on the rocks so the decision was made to wait for the helicopter to winch her off due to lack of light and poor weather conditions.

Padstow and Port Isaac RNLI stood by in significant seas whilst the coastguard helicopter winched her up, assessed and landed her ashore with waiting coastguard.

The lifeboat and crew were escorted back to Port Isaac in the wake of the Padstow all weather boat and arrived back at the station for 18.20 where the boat was cleaned and readied for service.

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