St Ives RNLI launch to a paddleboarder
St Ives RNLI volunteers' pagers sounded at 5:26pm on Friday 17th February, with Falmouth Coastguard requesting their assistance.
With George Deacon as helm and two volunteer crew the Inshore Lifeboat was launched to check a report of a paddle boarder in difficulty just off The Island.
When the Inshore Lifeboat reached the paddleboarder it was clear that that they were not in difficulty and did not require any assistance.
The ILB ‘Donald Dean’ returned to the boathouse where the crew washed it down and made it ready for service.
The caller who dialled 999 and asked for the coastguard did the correct thing. You never can tell what is really happening out at sea. We call this ‘A call with good intent.’
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