Kayaker in difficulty on rocks

Date: Tuesday 8 June 2021

Location: Near Porthcurnick Beach, Portscatho

Weather: SSW 3-4, Slight Sea and Swell, Good Visibility, Partly Cloudy

Inshore lifeboat: (Launched 16:03 / Returned 17:23) – Jamie Wakefield (Helmsman), Tamara Brookes, Cadan Harris, Lloyd Barron

 

Details:

At 15:55 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat be launched to assist a Kayaker who was on the rocks between Porthcurnick Beach and Portscatho. The Portscatho Coastguard Rescue Team were already on scene but due to the location had requested the assistance of the Inshore Lifeboat to recover the casualty.

The Inshore Lifeboat launched from her slipway at 16:03 and having rounded Zone Point headed up to the east arriving on scene at 16:23. Due to the location and prevailing conditions the Inshore Lifeboat was anchored and veered back into the rocks to allow a crewmember to be put ashore to assist the casualty. The casualty and their half-inflated kayak were safely transferred to the Inshore Lifeboat and having recovered the lifeboats anchor the casualty was taken to Portscatho where they were landed into the care of the Coastguard Team, the Inshore Lifeboat being released at 16:59 to return to its station.

The Inshore Lifeboat was recovered onto its slipway at 17:23 where it was refuelled and made ready for service by 17:45.

The casualty had got into difficulty when the inflatable kayak, they were using had become partially deflated leaving them on the rocks in an inaccessible location due to the high tide.

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