The volunteer crew of the Rock inshore lifeboat have had a busy start to the year.
On Saturday, they rescued a windsurfer from Daymer Bay who had broken a finger and was being swept out to sea. Today (Monday 19 January) the volunteer crew were out again to three more windsurfers.
The rescue on Saturday is being credited by the RNLI as a life saved after the windsurfer was rescued in heavy surf conditions. Today the crew faced more action as they were called to assist three windsurfers who had set out from Daymer Bay and were stranded in Hawkers Cove on the other side of the estuary, unable to return owing to exhaustion.
Mike Hewitt, RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager at Rock said:
‘Sea conditions are far from ideal at the moment, and these incidents underline the need for windsurfers to make sure that someone ashore knows where they are going and when they expect to return. They should also be suitably attired in a lifejacket and a wetsuit adequate for the current cold weather.’
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 230 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and has more than 100 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK.
The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 137,000 lives.