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Lifeboat saves man in sea suffering from hypothermia - casualty is then airlifted to hospital

Lifeboat saves man in sea suffering from hypothermia - casualty is then airlifted to hospital

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 6:09pm 14th May 2020.

A man has been flown to hospital after being found clinging to his kayak in the sea off Gunwalloe in west Cornwall.

Emergency services were alerted to an object in the sea at around 9.30am today.

Mullion Coastguard was first sent to the scene, before the Penlee lifeboat was tasked with investigating the sighting more closely.

The lifeboat was launched, and on arrival, a man was found clinging to his kayak.

The man was brought aboard the lifeboat, before being transferred to hospital by a coastguard helicopter.


Mullion Coastguard has added more details of the shout on its Facebook page.

A statement read: “Team paged 09.46 to reports of a floating object seen out to sea off Gunwalloe.

“Once on scene the team set about trying to sight the object which was reported to be around 1.5 miles off the coast.

“Having confirmed it was some sort of empty boat/solid object we requested Penlee Lifeboat to attend to investigate further.

“After a brief search the Lifeboat found a male clinging to an upturned kayak, which was camouflage in colour and half full of water, which he’d manage to secure to a crab pot to prevent drifting.

“Suffering from extreme hypothermia the casualty was brought in to Poldhu beach where he was transferred to our CG helicopter and taken on for further care.

“The casualty was very lucky to have been seen and we wish him well with his recovery, also many thanks to Poldhu Beach Cafe for the warming coffees for our crew.”

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