Coastguards called out to rescue paddleboarder who was unable to get back to shore
A COASTGUARD rescue team in Cornwall responded to a call regarding a paddleboarder who found they were unable to get back to shore on Tuesday.
Porthoustock Coastguard Rescue Team, alongside flank team Mullion Coastguard Rescue Team and Falmouth Lifeboat, responded to a call-out for a member of the public who had gone out on a paddleboard in Coverack but found they were unable to get back to the shore.
The teams were paged but found that the casualty had eventually managed to find their way onto some rocks along the coast.
The teams safely assisted the person across the rocks and assessed them before they made their way back home.
In an update posted on its social media page, Porthoustock Coastguard Rescue Team said: "Team paged alongside our flank team Mullion Coastguard Rescue Team and Falmouth Lifeboat to a paddleboarder unable to get back to shore in Coverack.
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"Casualty made their own way to shore and was assisted safely across the rocks and home after assessment.
"Do remember to take a phone in a waterproof pouch and check wind and tides if you’re taking a board out."
Paddleboards can be a great way to experience the Cornish coast, but they're not without risk.
Back in 2014, a man who spent over five hours in the sea off Marazion on a paddleboard was rescued suffering from hypothermia after a large-scale search.
More recently, in June 2021, a young boy on a paddleboard had to be rescued by a passing pleasure cruiser after being blown offshore out into the mouth of the Helford Estuary.
Later that year, a lifeguard was left clinging onto two drifting paddleboards out at sea after four people and a dog onboard found themselves being blown off course and drifting towards rocks.