Kayakers reported overdue
Inshore lifeboat crew: Andy Jenkin (Helmsman), Tom Bird, Claire Angove
All-weather lifeboat crew: Jonathan Blakeston (Coxswain), Luke Wills, Carl Beardmore, Dave Nicoll, Jonathan Hackwell, Adam West, Elliot Holman, Jonathan Jeeves
Location: West Portholland, Veryan Bay
Shout Date: 31/08/2015 – 17:58
Weather: N 5, Moderate Sea and Slight Swell, Good Visibility, Sunny Periods
At 17:52 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat be launched following a 999 call reporting two teenagers on kayaks overdue from West Portholland while exploring the coast towards the Dodman. Their father had gone out on his kayak and there were concerns for his wellbeing as well. At 17:56 the All Weather Lifeboat was also requested to launch along with the Portscatho, Mevagissey and St Austell Coastguard Cliff Rescue Teams.
The Inshore Lifeboat launched from her slipway at 17:58, followed shortly afterwards by the All Weather Lifeboat which left its berth at 18:04. The Inshore Lifeboat having rounded Zone Point headed up to the East arriving on scene off West Portholland at 18:19. The three kayakers were located making their way back towards Portholland and at 18:24 the Inshore Lifeboat reported that they were safe ashore so the All Weather Lifeboat was released to return to its station. The Inshore Lifeboat landed a crewmember ashore to ensure no medical attention was required, and to liaise with the Portscatho Coastguard team who had also arrived on scene. At 18:30 the Inshore Lifeboat was released to return to its station.
The Inshore Lifeboat was back on its slipway at 18:55 where it was refuelled, rehoused and ready for service by 19:10.
The two teenagers in the kayaks had been exploring the coastline from Portholland towards the Dodman. When they did not return and could not be seen their parents raised the alarm and their father launched his own kayak to search for them. With an offshore wind and strong flood tide running to the east, there was concern that they would be swept out to sea. The kayakers were well prepared and wearing lifejackets. While they did manage to make it back unaided their parents were right to raise the alarm when they did.