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Our volunteer RNLI crew responded to their pagers today at 3.04pm to assist four swimmers off the Madrips, after one had signalled for help.

Whilst the crew were making their way to the station, two of the swimmers made it to the lifeboat slip.

As the crew were preparing the boat for launch the remaining swimmers also arrived at the slip. After checking they were all ok the crew were stood down and watched the swimmers return safely back to Mother Ivey’s Bay.

Rock RNLI Lifeboat was also tasked and Padstow Coastguard were tasked and were gathered at the boathouse.

Padstow Coxswain Richard Pitman said “the swimmers did the right thing waving for help and we are very happy it was a positive outcome. The swimmers had floats and were also carrying a Personal Locator Beacon. We strongly recommend that everyone ensures they have some means of calling for help when at sea”

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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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