St Ives launch to kayakers struggling with the tide

Lifeboats News Release

It was a beautiful evening in St Ives on Thursday (1 August), and locals and visitors were making the most of the sunshine. Then at 6.30pm the pagers sounded and the volunteer crew responded.

RNLI/Niki Brooks

RNLI volunteer crew with the rescued kayakers

The reports from Falmouth coastguard was that there were two persons with one kayak in the Hors Point area in difficulty.

The crew wasted no time in responding by launching the inshore lifeboat. George Deacon Senior Helm, along with volunteer crew members David Holland-Kemp and Neil Brooks made their way to the scene. On arrival at Hors Point the crew located the kayak and two persons who had their way from Godrevy to Hors point but were struggling with the tide.

The crew made sure that both potential casualties were safe and well, and then proceeded to get them aboard the inshore lifeboat along with the kayak. The crew then returned to St Ives lifeboat station with everyone safe and well. Both persons were extremely grateful for the assistance from the crew.

George Deacon, Senior Helm said:

‘Kayaking is one of the most popular watersports in the UK and Ireland. To enjoy yourself safely why not jump online and check out our ‘Kayak Sea Safety” pack.’

Whether you’re a start-up, novice or a seasoned pro, everyone’s on the same wavelength when it comes to staying safe on the water. If you do get into difficulty make sure you have a way of making contact with the coastguard so you can ask for help.

Notes to editors

  • Photo 1 – Crew returning with rescued kayakers – Niki Brooks

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