Report of Paddle Boarder in difficulties
Date: Saturday 15 February 2020
Location: Off Middle Point, Carrick Roads
Weather: SSW 8, Rough Sea and Moderate Swell, Poor Visibility, Overcast with Heavy Rain
All Weather Lifeboat: (Launched 08:30 / Returned 09:15) – Luke Wills (Second Coxswain), Dave Nicoll, Andy Jenkin, Elliot Holman, Jamie Connolly, Chris Simpson, Lloyd Barron
Inshore Lifeboat: (Launched 08:17 / Returned 09:10) – Sandy Procter (Helmsman), Jamie Wakefield, Tamara Brookes, Tamsin Mulcahy
At 08:10 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat be launched following a report of a paddle boarder who was believed to be struggling in adverse weather conditions off Middle Point in the Carrick Roads. The Falmouth Coastguard Rescue Team was also tasked to assist with the search.
The Inshore Lifeboat launched from her slipway at 08:17 and arrived off Middle Point at 08:22, being tasked with searching the Carrick Roads. Given the gale force conditions the Inshore Lifeboat requested at 08:26 that the All-Weather Lifeboat be launched to assist in the search.
The All-Weather Lifeboat left its pontoon berth at 08:30 and headed up the Carrick Roads commencing its search at 08:37.
Shortly afterwards the Inshore Lifeboat located a paddle boarder near the Carrick Buoy who said that they were escorting their son but had lost contact with him. The Inshore Lifeboat continued its search locating the missing son near the Pill Buoy. Once it had been confirmed that there was no one else missing and the two paddle boarders had reached Turnaware Bar they were left to continue upriver while at 08:55 both lifeboats were released to return to their station.
The Inshore Lifeboat was recovered onto its slipway by 09:10, while the All-Weather Lifeboat was back alongside its pontoon berth by 09:15. Both boats were refuelled and made ready for service by 09:30.
The father and son had been on a training paddle for a future race and had launched from Gyllyngvase Beach with the intention of paddling up to Truro. While they were well experienced, given the adverse weather conditions people had been rightly concerned for their wellbeing and had contacted the Coastguard.