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Last nights training session (15 September) was timely as whilst out the volunteer RNLI crew were diverted to assist a kayaker in difficulties at West Pit Bay, south of Boscastle Harbour.

The crew arrived on scene and assessed the situation. The Y-boat was launched and the crew were able to get the kayaker off the rocks and took him to the all-weather lifeboat. Once on board the crew administered first aid for some minor scratches the kayaker had suffered. The kayaker was then taken to Boscastle Harbour and into the care of the Boscastle Coastguard Rescue Team.

The crew returned to the station at 8:27pm.

The kayaker had a number of means of calling for help, including a handheld VHF radio which he used to send out a mayday. We urge all those on the water to ensure that they have a means of calling for help with them. Please visit the RNLI website to find out more about how to enjoy the sea safely.

Photo: view from Padstow lifeboat station

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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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. 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 142,700 lives.

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