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Newquay Paraglider Rescue

newquay paragliding rescue

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 10:02am 23rd June 2014

A dad and his daughter have been plucked to safety after a paraglider ditched into the sea off Newquay.

The girl, who was filming her father, went into the water to help between Fistral and Pentire.

Lifeguards, two lifeboats and coastguard crews were scrambled on Sunday afternoon.

The RNLI has released the following information:

Newquay RNLI lifeboat volunteers were paged by Falmouth Coastguard at 3.03pm on Sunday (22 June) after a paraglider ditched in to the sea between Fistral Beach and East Pentire. The man and his daughter, who had gone in to the water to help her father, were rescued by RNLI lifeguards from Fistral Beach and the lifeboat volunteers assisted a local dive boat with recovery of kit from the area.

The man was paragliding near the Lewinnick Lodge when he ditched in to the sea about 50 yards offshore. His daughter who was filming him from nearby rocks went in to the water to help her father and the emergency services were alerted. Newquay RNLI lifeboat volunteers responded in the charity's two inshore lifeboats from the harbour, RNLI lifeguards from nearby Fistral Beach responded on board their rescue water-craft (jet-ski) and shore-based coastguard volunteers were also alerted.

The RNLI lifeguards from Fistral were quickly with the father & daughter and recovered them uninjured from the water before landing them safely ashore at Fistral Beach. Meanwhile, the RNLI lifeboat crews recovered the daughter's possessions from the rocks and a local dive boat retrieved the glider kit from the sea.

In light northerly winds, 90 minutes after high-water, the lifeboat crews returned to Newquay harbour at around 3.30pm, and whilst washing and refuelling the lifeboats, they were met by a very grateful daughter & mother who came to the lifeboat station to collect the retrieved kit and thank the RNLI teams for their swift response.

Photo: RNLI Newquay

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