Reports of two people and a dog in the water due to their kayaks capsizing saw Falmouth volunteer crew launch to assist on Thursday 22 October.

At 1.06pm, with the Lizard Lifeboat already launched on a search for an overturned fishing boat, Falmouth all-weather lifeboat Robert Cox Scott was tasked by Falmouth Coastguard to launch and make their way to Bass Point on the Lizard.

The casualties had been spotted by the Bass Point NCI Lookout, with Mullion Coastguard also tasked to assist, as well as a local fishing boat kindly stopping to help.

Once on scene at 1.52pm, it was confirmed that one of the casualties and a dog had managed to climb ashore, with the second casualty picked up from the water by a local fishing boat and taken to the slipway of Lizard Lifeboat station safe and well.

Falmouth lifeboat then searched for the remaining kayak, which was recovered south of Bass Point. With these items returned, Falmouth lifeboat was released to return to the station where it was refuelled and made ready for service.

Notes to editors

  • If you see someone who might be in trouble in the water or cut off by the tide, calling 999 and asking for the Coastguard is vital.
  • We rely on donations to continue saving lives at sea – any donation to our JustGiving page will help support the running costs of stations in the South West including lifeboats based in Falmouth and their volunteer crew. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/falmouthlifesaversfund
  • Attached images show Falmouth all-weather lifeboat on a shout to 2 people and a dog in the water. Credit: Falmouth RNLI