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Lifeboat rescues men on same day restrictions on exercise are lifted

Lifeboat rescues men on same day restrictions on exercise are lifted

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 10:53pm 13th May 2020. (Updated at 6:58am 14th May 2020)

On the day that government restrictions on exercise were relaxed, to include being able to drive to a destination, and to resume water based activities, the lifeboat service rescued two men in difficulty at sea. 

A member of the public spotted the duo in the small 2.8 metre Avon RIB boat off the coast of Port Gaverne and became increasingly concerned for their safety.

One eyewitness stated that she was worried about them going out in such a tiny boat.

She said “It looked as though they were trying to get back into shore but couldn’t. The sea was terrible.”

A 999 call was made to the coastguard and the RNLI lifeboat D-843 Pride of Port Isaac was launched.

Three volunteer crew responded in choppy two metre sea swells and a north north east wind of 15mph. The boat was on scene within minutes where the two men were.

"Unfortunately the men were completely unprepared for their trip. They were not wearing life jackets or clothing appropriate to the conditions. They had no basic safety equipment and the engine was brand new so they had no experience of using it before. There were also signs clearly displayed stating the beach was still closed to boats launching. They realised straight away that they had made a mistake in going out and were polite, apologetic and embarrassed.We gave them some safety advice and they returned home. The men were from Cornwall but not the local area and had travelled to the area by car."

             Matthew Main, Volunteer Helm for Port Isaac RNLI Lifeboat

port gaverne rescue

The shout comes just two days after the RNLI issued a statement urging members of the public to take extra care following changes to Government guidance.

The guidance states ‘although our volunteer lifeboat crews are fully operational, should they be needed, it is important that anyone visiting the coast understands the risk and takes the necessary steps to keep themselves safe.

This will also help to reduce the demands placed on our lifeboat crews and other emergency services including HM Coastguard. In this way we can all work together to succeed in ensuring the coast is a safe place to visit.'

The lifeboat service urges anyone planning a visit to the coast to follow RNLI safety advice please:

* Take care near cliffs - know your route and your limitations

* Have a plan - check the weather forecast and tide times

* If you fall into the water unexpectedly, FLOAT TO LIVE. Fight your instinct to thrash around, lean back, extend your arms and legs, and Float

* If boating, ensure your equipment is functioning and maintained

* In any coastal emergency dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.

What more information about the RNLI? 

Please visit www.rnli.org.uk.

RNLI Port Isaac Facebook page: www.facebook.com/portisaacrnli 

Twitter @portisaacrnli

 

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