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Kayaker helps save couple and dog cut off by the tide

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:41am 30th September 2018. (Updated at 10:06am 30th September 2018)

A kayaker has been praised for helping to save two people and a dog cut off by the tide near Looe.

Luckily the kayaker spotted the group in a small cove to the west of Portwrinkle on Saturday afternoon and called 999. 

Two inshore lifeboats were scrambled from Looe RNLI. 

But when the first crew arrived on the scene, the waves were breaking on the rocks and they couldn't reach the stranded couple and pet. 

One crew member left the boat and climbed over the 20ft rocks to get to the casualties. 

"Our volunteer crew were paged at 4.57 pm and quickly launched both inshore lifeboats.

"First to arrive on scene was the charity’s Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II, with the incoming tide breaking over rocks on the foreshore the Atlantic 85 was unable to reach the casualties so one of the crew from the D Class inshore lifeboat Ollie Naismith made his way 20 feet over rocks to reach the casualties.

"Finding the casualties uninjured our crew helped the group back over the rocks onto the D Class lifeboat. With the two casualties and their dog safely on board they were taken back to the slipway on Downderry beach."


The group scrambled back over the rocks and reached the safety of the boat.

Ollie Naismith who scaled rocks to reach the stranded couple, in Looe RNLI’s D Class inshore lifeboat.
Ollie Naismith who scaled rocks to reach the stranded couple, in Looe RNLI’s D Class inshore lifeboat.

Now the kayaker has been praised by the crew.

"Both Looe RNLI volunteer helms commented that it would have been a far more difficult rescue had it not been for the prompt action from the kayaker realising the persons were in difficulty and making the 999 call to the coastguard.

"With nowhere safe to shelter from the incoming tide the beach would have completely covered in water within two hours and there was no easy way up the cliff.

"They recommend when walking along the beaches or coastline to check the tide times and always carry a means of calling for help."


The inshore lifeboats returned to station to be washed down, refuelled and made ready for service by 6pm.

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