Padstow and Newquay RNLI lifeboats launch to catamaran at Constantine Bay - 30 July

Volunteer lifeboat crews from Padstow and Newquay RNLI were awoken to the sound of the pager this morning to assist a vessel which was going ashore at Constantine Bay.

Padstow RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat Spirit of Padstow was launched at 12.55am to reports of a catamaran going ashore at Constantine Bay near Trevose Head, with one casualty aboard. Local Coastguard volunteers were tasked to investigate and were unable to reach the boat from the beach, so the lifeboat was called.

On arrival, the lifeboat crew found the catamaran in the surf line and in shallow water, which meant they were unable to reach it.

Newquay RNLI’s Atlantic and D-class lifeboats were also launched to assist. The helm of the D-class carefully navigated the one metre surf and managed to get alongside the vessel, which had now moved further onto rocks, but the casualty declined to get off his boat. A search and rescue helicopter from RNAS Culdrose was tasked, and winched the man from the boat onto the beach. He required no medical treatment.

Conditions included a north westerly 3-4 wind and moderate seas. Unfortunately the lifeboat crews were unable to save the catamaran.

Padstow RNLI volunteers returned to station at 3am, with Newquay crews arriving back to their station at 3.30am, giving them a few hours sleep before getting up for their day.