Child being blown offshore on Paddle Board

Date: Friday 18 June 2021

Location: Mouth of the Helford Estuary

Weather: N 4, Slight Sea and Swell, Excellent Visibility, Partly Cloudy

Inshore lifeboat: (Launched 15:52 / Returned 16:37) – Luke Wills (Helmsman), Tom Bird, Tamara Brookes, Lloyd Barron


At 15:44 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat be launched following a call from a local pleasure ferry which had reported rescuing a child on a paddle board which was being blown out of the mouth of the Helford. The Inshore Lifeboat was tasked to check on the child’s wellbeing and to ensure no one else was in difficulty.

The Inshore Lifeboat launched from its slipway at 15:52 and having rounded Pendennis Point headed across the bay arriving on scene in the Helford at 16:04. The child and their paddle board were transferred to the Inshore Lifeboat from the ferry. It soon became apparent that the child’s father had also been rescued by a nearby motor vessel, so the father and his board were also transferred to the Inshore Lifeboat before both were taken back to Grebe Beach where they were safely landed at 16:20, the Inshore Lifeboat then being released to return to its station.

The Inshore Lifeboat was recovered on to its slipway at 16:37 where it was refuelled and made ready for service by 17:00.

The child had been using the paddle board off Grebe Beach when it had been caught by the wind. The father had instinctively launched his own paddle board to try and rescue the child but had got separated. Luckily both were picked up by passing boats.

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