Reports of two wing-surfers in difficulty

Date: Tuesday 19 January 2021

Location: Off Trefusis Point, Falmouth Harbour

Weather: SW 6-7, Slight Sea and Moderate Swell, Poor Visibility, Overcast with Rain

Inshore lifeboat: (Launched 16:00 / Returned 16:40) – Jamie Wakefield (Helmsman), Tamara Brookes, Cadan Harris, Jemima Henstridge-Blows


At 15:52 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat be launched following various reports of several windsurfers or stand-up paddle boarders in difficulties off Trefusis Point in Falmouth Harbour. The Falmouth Coastguard Cliff Rescue Team were also tasked to assist.

The Inshore Lifeboat launched from her slipway at 16:00 and headed across the harbour arriving on scene off Kiln Quay at 16:02, where the first casualty was located, who advised they did not require any assistance. The Inshore Lifeboat proceeded to Trefusis Point where it located a second casualty accompanied by a Zap Cat who again advised that they did not require any assistance. The Inshore Lifeboat stood by while they also made their way to Kiln Quay. Further information was received from the Coastguard that another paddle boarder had been reported in difficulties, so the Inshore Lifeboat carried out a search from Penarrow Point to Greenbank, but nothing was found so at 16:31 the Inshore Lifeboat was released to return to its station.

The Inshore Lifeboat was recovered onto its slipway at 16:40 where it was refuelled and made ready for service by 16:56.

The two reported casualties were in fact wing-surfers who had clearly been struggling in the prevailing weather conditions but had managed to make their way back to Kiln Quay escorted by the Zap Cat that was accompanying them.

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