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Port Isaac RNLI called to rescue operation following report of possible distress

Lifeboats News Release

On Sunday, April 14th, at 3:46 pm, the Port Isaac RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew responded to reports from The National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) at Boscastle regarding a potential emergency situation off the coast.


Port Isaac D-class inshore lifeboat Pride of Port Isaac (Goeth Porthusek) D-843 at sea during a training exercise.

The NCI alerted Port Isaac RNLI to sightings of what appeared to be a kayak paddle and an orange object, possibly a flotation device, approximately a mile offshore between Meachards Rock and Beenie Sisters. With the guidance of the NCI team, the lifeboat crew quickly mobilised to the scene to investigate.

Upon reaching the reported location, the items in question were safely collected by the RNLI crew. To their surprise, the orange object was identified as a traffic cone, highlighting the challenges of identifying objects at sea.

Following standard protocol, a thorough shoreline search was conducted in collaboration with the Boscastle Coastguard Rescue team to ensure the safety of any potential individuals who may have been in distress. Fortunately, it was confirmed that there were no individuals stranded or in need of assistance.

Due to adverse weather conditions including high winds and rough sea, a cautious return to the station was undertaken by the RNLI crew.

"We are immensely proud of the swift response and professionalism demonstrated by our volunteers in this operation," said Kevin Dingle, Lifeboat Operations Manager of Port Isaac RNLI. "Although this turned out to be a false alarm with good intent, it underscores the importance of remaining vigilant and prepared for any eventuality on the water."

Port Isaac RNLI extends its gratitude to The National Coastwatch Institution at Boscastle and the Boscastle Coastguard Rescue team for their collaborative efforts in ensuring the safety of our coastal communities.

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