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Padstow RNLI volunteer crew responded to their pagers today (8 January 2022), launching at 1.22pm to reports of two windsurfers in difficulties in the River Camel.

Once on scene the crew carried out a search from Stepper Point to Pentire towards Daymer Bay. The crew located a windsurf sail and notified the coastguard, who informed the crew that the windsurfer had detached his sail and managed to paddle back to shore at Daymer Bay.

Meanwhile Rock RNLI Lifeboat had also launched and rescued the second windsurfer.

There were gusts of wind reported up to 60mph during today’s rescue.

With Padstow RNLI Lifeboat almost back at the station they were tasked again to head to Hawkers Cove to reports of another windsurfer in difficulties. The crew carried out a search towards Daymer Bay and with nothing found it was a false alarm with good intent.

The crew returned to the lifeboat station and were refuelled already for service at 3.30pm.

Thanks to NCI Stepper Point for the photo.

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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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