Kayakers rescued in ‘incredibly busy’ few days for RNLI

The RNLI has been praised for rescuing two kayakers in distress in Cornwall today (Saturday, June 27).

Former Newquay police inspector Dave Meredith took to social media to congratulate Newquay RNLI for the rescue of the kayakers off Towan Head.

The rescue came in what the RNLI has described as an ‘incredibly busy’ few days.

RNLI lifeguards along with Looe and Plymouth lifeboats responded to an incident in which two casualties got into difficulty in a rip current at Long Sands on Thursday afternoon (June 25) and were pulled from the water by members of the public.

RNLI lifeguards were on Tregantle beach at the time for pre-season preparation with surveillance patrols and responded to the incident. After being alerted by a member of the public that there were people in difficulty in the water at Long Sands, they alerted the Coastguard and quickly made their way to the scene which was to the west of where they were situated.

The volunteer crews at Looe and Plymouth both launched at 4.55pm, with the Looe RNLI D class Ollie Naismith and the Plymouth all-weather lifeboat Sybil Mullen Glover. The air ambulance and Coastguard teams also attended the incident.

Although there was only 1-2ft of surf, there were strong rip currents, causing people to get into difficulty on the warm Thursday afternoon.

The two casualties had been swimming but got caught in a rip current and were pulled from the water and brought to shore by members of the public and an off-duty lifeguard. On arrival at the scene, RNLI lifeguards carried out casualty care, administering oxygen and continuously running checks to monitor their condition.

The Looe and Plymouth lifeboats (Image: Russ Hall)

The casualties were then transferred to the land ambulance, and the lifeboats were stood down.

A lifeguard was injured after rescuing people trapped on a dangerous cliff in Mawgan Porth, also on Thursday.

Mawgan Porth RNLI lifeguards were alerted to an incident late yesterday afternoon after spotting four people attempting to climb down a treacherous cliff on the south side of the beach.

RNLI lifeguard Theresa Morokutti was at the water’s edge and recommended an alternative route for the climbers to get out of difficulty but they failed to move. Theresa began to swim towards the rocks. Two of the climbers had no choice but to enter the water and awaited help on the very sharp rocks.

The waves were hammering across the rocks and were close to knocking the climbers off their feet.

Luckily, Theresa had reached the climbers very quickly and accompanied them back to safety, returning to shore. A surfer nearby also assisted the climbers by providing them with his surfboard to use as a floatation device to help catch their breath.

The RNLI lifeguards who were involved in the Mawgan Porth rescue

Theresa suffered a nasty cut on her leg and went to minor injuries following the incident. The casualties were debriefed and given safety advice from the RNLI lifeguards.

This followed multiple rescues at Whitsand Bay on Wednesday, June 24.

At Tregonhawke, RNLI lifeguards assisted four bathers who had entered the water outside of the flagged area and got caught in a rip current, after being advised by RNLI lifeguards to swim between the flags.

The Tregonhawke lifeguards immediately launched the inshore rescue boat (IRB) and assisted the bathers safely back to shore.

Shortly following this incident, a member of the public alerted the RNLI lifeguards to an incident halfway up the cliff above the beach.

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One of the lifeguards and an off-duty lifeguard immediately grabbed the crash bag and darted up to the casualty. The casualty appeared to be having a severe asthma attack and paramedics were requested immediately as the lifeguards administered oxygen. The lifeguards kept the woman stable until the ambulance arrived and evacuated the scene.

At Tregantle beach, where pre-season training was taking place, seven swimmers were spotted getting into difficulty in a fixed rip current.

RNLI lifeguard supervisor brothers Charlie and Beau Gillet, along with the Area Lifesaving Manager, James Millidge, maintained observations and requested back up from nearby Tregonhawke beach to launch the IRB and help to rescue the bathers.

The casual lifeguards who were training also grabbed the rescue boards and helped to return the bathers safely to shore. Following this incident on Wednesday, a further two body boarders were rescued from the same rip current and three teenagers who were swimming when they got into difficulty.

Also on Wednesday, a swimmer was rescued after getting into difficulty in the sea at a Newquay beach.

Newquay’s RNLI lifeboat crew and Newquay Coastguard were called to assist the man at Porth Beach shortly after 4.30pm.

Also, this week a topless sunbather pulled a family-of-three to safety after they got caught in a dangerous rip current off Pedn Vounder beach in West Cornwall.

Jessica is a regular on Pedn Vounder beach

Jessica Layton made headlines all over the world after Cornwall Live first reported on her brave rescue on the nudist beach on Tuesday, June 23.

Sadly, a dad in his 30s died on neighbouring Porthcurno beach two days later after getting into difficulty while going swimming with his son. The man is believed to be from the West Midlands.

His death came just two days before lifeguard cover returned to the beach today (Saturday, June 27).

If you see someone in difficulty at the coast, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard. To find out more about the RNLI’s beach safety advice, visit rnli.org/Beach2020.


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