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Fowey lifeboat launches to kayaker in water

Lifeboats News Release

On June 1 Falmouth coastguard requested assistance from Fowey lifeboat station to search for a kayaker who had fallen into the sea between Gorran Haven and the Gwineas. He had been lost from sight and there were concerns for his safety.

Fowey RNLI

Library shot of Fowey's all-weather lifeboat

At 2.35pm the volunteer lifeboat crew launched Fowey’s all-weather lifeboat. As the lifeboat proceeded across St Austell bay, the coastguard received a message that the kayaker had safely returned to the beach. The lifeboat was stood down at 2.55pm and returned to Fowey harbour.

Fowey Lifeboat Operations Manager, Chris Ogg said: 'When out kayaking or canoeing it is always safest to paddle with a friend or group so you can keep an eye on each other and call for help if needed. Always check the weather forecast and tide times and wear a personal flotation device. Tell someone where you’re going and when you’ll be back and always carry a means of calling for help that you can reach easily in an emergency.'

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