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Penlee RNLI assist paddleboarders

Lifeboats News Release

On 21st May at 5.31pm Penlee RNLI B class Atlantic 85 was launched at the request of Falmouth Coastguard to assist two paddleboarders who were reported to be in difficulty off Marazion beach.

picture of inflatable lifeboat

RNLI/Philip Monckton

Penlee Lifeboat Mollie and Ivor Dent returns to Newlyn

In fair weather with a stiff easterly breeze the RNLI volunteers made good speed across the bay to find a paddleboarder in need of assistance unable to cope with the wind.

A gentleman on a paddleboard with a sail had been struggling to get back to the beach and his daughter went to his assistance. After a time the gentleman managed to return to the beach unaided and his daughter received help from our RNLI volunteers who returned her to the beach.

After checking that the gentleman was ok, the RNLI inshore lifeboat Mollie and Ivor Dent returned to base in Newlyn by 6.10pm.

The RNLI advises people to always carry a means of calling for help, and be able to reach it easily in an emergency. Always check the weather forecast and tide times. Don’t get caught out by the conditions. Avoid offshore winds because they will tire you quickly when trying to return to shore

Always wear a personal flotation device. Make sure you are also wearing suitable clothing for the forecasted conditions.
picture of inflatable lifeboat

RNLI/Philip Monckton

Penlee Lifeboat Mollie and Ivor Dent returns to Newlyn

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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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