Padstow’s volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew launched at around 12am this morning (Thursday 25 June) to a kayaker who had travelled all the way from Ireland. After 30 hours at sea the kayaker was suffering from fatigue and unsure how to reach Padstow Harbour.
The volunteer lifeboat crew were woken by their pagers at around midnight and launched at 12.11am to the German kayaker who had alerted the Coastguard. Quickly locating the 4 metre kayak, which was set up with an outrigger and sails, the crew took the tired casualty onboard and towed the kayak into Padstow where his support crew were waiting.
Michael England, RNLI Deputy Second Coxswain Mechanic says;
‘It was a beautifully calm and flat night, with very light winds, the chap had been at sea for 30 hours and was extremely tired. Although he was also equipped with an outboard engine, he’d used the fuel and under sail it would have been a long passage into Padstow. Unfamiliar with the area, he was also unsure of the best way into the harbour.
He did exactly the right thing to call for help, and although it was a late night for the crew, we didn’t get back to the station until 2.20am, we were happy to help him out.’
The Padstow volunteer lifeboat crew also launched at 1.45pm on Tuesday (23 June) to help their volunteer colleagues from Port Isaac and Rock RNLI and Coastguard Cliff Rescue Teams search for a possible missing person after a kayak was found abandoned off Pentire and The Rumps. With nothing found all crews were stood down in the early afternoon.