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The Lizard RNLI rescue lone kayaker who had fallen into the water

Lifeboats News Release

On Monday 24th January RNLB Rose launched on service at 12.44pm following a mayday call.

Terry Thirlaway

Following a mayday call, launching to lone kayaker in the water at Coverack
A lone kayaker had fallen from his vessel and was able to call for immediate help as he was carrying a hand held VHF radio.

The lifeboat launched promptly and was in the water within 10 minutes of the initial page at 12.34pm. A Merlin helicopter from RNAS Culdrose on routine exercise also heard the call and proceeded to airlift the casualty to safety where he was taken to hospital for precautionary checks.

The lifeboat continued to the scene just off Coverack and recovered the kayak from the sea. Thankfully the casualty has since retrieved his kayak from the station and is fit and well.

An excellent prompt response from lifeboat, shore and helicopter crew with a very successful outcome.

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