Swimmer in difficulties

Date: Friday 23 July 2021

Location: Between Swanpool and Gyllyngvase Beaches

Weather: E 4, Moderate Sea and Swell, Good Visibility, Overcast

Inshore lifeboat: (Proceeded 17:34 / Returned 18:03) – Jamie Connolly (Helmsman), Tom Bird, Adam West, Jemima Henstridge-Blows

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At 17:26 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat be launched following reports of a swimmer in difficulties between Swanpool and Gyllyngvase Beaches. The RNLI Lifeguards from Gyllyngvase Beach were also requested to assist.

The Inshore Lifeboat launched from its slipway at 17:34 and having rounded Pendennis Point headed towards the last know position of the casualty which was on the west side of the Gyllyngvase reef. The Inshore Lifeboat arrived on scene at 17:41, where they spotted the casualty off the old sewage outfall being supported by a Lifeguard on his rescue board. The Inshore Lifeboat was quickly manoeuvred so the casualty, lifeguard and their rescue board could be recovered to the lifeboat. Once on board the lifeboat the casualty was checked over by a crew member trained in casualty care and was found to be exhausted and suffering from the cold. The Lifeguard was taken back to Gyllyngvase Beach where they were dropped off at 17:45 to paddle ashore, while the casualty was taken back to the lifeboat station where they were landed ashore at 17:54.

The casualty was warmed up and monitored while one of the lifeboat crew drove to Swanpool Beach to recover the casualties’ clothes and personal effects. Once the casualty had warmed up, they were allowed to go home but was advised to contact the emergency services if their condition later deteriorated.

The Inshore Lifeboat was recovered on to its slipway at 18:03 where it was refuelled and made ready for service by 18:30.

The swimmer had entered the water at Swanpool Beach but with the prevailing conditions had been taken eastwards towards the Gyllyngvase Reef. A member of the public on the cliff path had spotted the casualties predicament and had dialed 999 to alert the Coastguard, who in turn requested the launch of the Inshore Lifeboat and contacted the Gyllyngvase Lifeguards. One of the lifeguards ran from the beach along the shoreline with their rescue board to the old sewage outfall where they paddled out to the casualty, supporting them in the moderate breaking sea until the Inshore Lifeboat arrived.

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