At 4.22pm on Saturday 1 July, Newquay RNLI Lifeboat Volunteers received a pager alert and were tasked to assist the occupants of a small sailing dinghy which had capsized in the sea near to Tolcarne.
RNLI Lifeguards Newquay based on Towan Beach raised the alarm after seeing the small boat upturned, and following advice from HM Coastguard, the skipper of the sailing dinghy allowed Newquay RNLI Lifeboat volunteers to tow the dinghy back to the safety of the harbour. The two occupants of the dinghy were transported back to shore in the charity's Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat, Uncle Johnny.
With a north westerly wind and 2-3m swell, the skipper experienced some difficulty in keeping the small boat upright. By accepting advice from the Coastguard and assistance from Newquay RNLI Lifeboats and Newquay RNLI Lifeguards, both of the men were returned to land safely.
Around 140 people die by accident in UK and Irish coastal waters each year. Males over 15 are the most at risk.
Cornwall is one of 11 areas that account for 51% of accidental coastal deaths.
When out sailing the RNLI recommends:
- Wearing a life jacket or buoyancy aid.
- Check the forecast and tide times.
- Carry a means of calling for help and keep it on you at all times.
If you find yourself in danger in the water #floattolive
If you see someone in trouble at the coast, dial 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard.
Key facts about the RNLI
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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