Launching at 3.24pm in rough seas and a moderate swell, the inshore lifeboat made its way towards the beach. Falmouth and Porthoustock Coastguard Rescue Teams were also tasked. En route, it was reported that eight swimmers had been helped to safety by a member of the public on a kayak, an off duty member of North Dartmoor Search and Rescue team.
The RNLI crew were stood down, but on returning to the station, were retasked again to Maenporth due to further individuals reported to be in difficulty. Three additional casualties were helped ashore by a Coastguard Rescue Swimmer, with the inshore lifeboat requested to remain on scene while the Coastguard ensured no one else got into difficulty. At 4:40pm the inshore lifeboat was released to return to its station.
Maenporth Beach does not have a lifeguard service and can have strong rip currents. The RNLI recommends since forecasts predict large swell, strong winds and spring tides in the South West, to:
Choose a lifeguarded beach (10am-6pm)
Check tide times
In an emergency, call 999 for the Coastguard
If you see a red flag at a lifeguarded beach, do not enter the water, as it is unsafe for any water activities. If there are no flags, there are no lifeguards.
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