Paddleboarder rescued in strong winds

Launch No: 432
Craft: Staines Whitfield. B-795
Sunday, 28 June 2020
Location: Redlap Cove and Blackpool Sands. Start Bay.
RNLI Dart Atlantic 75 on her way to search for missing paddleboarder
Photo: David Bown
RNLI Dart Atlantic 75 on her way to search for missing paddleboarder

Two ladies launched their paddleboards from Blackpool Sands. They were fine for their first hour, in spite of the gusty west-south-west wind and inshore surf. The younger lady made her way safely ashore but when she saw her 48 year old companion from Birmingham being swept eastwards, towards a rocky shore, she called the Coastguard. Both RNLI Dart lifeboats were launched on the search as there was some uncertainty over the position of the second paddleboarder as she had been blown out of sight. She was found between Leonards Cove and Redlap Cove and taken aboard the larger Atlantic B class lifeboat for transfer back to Blackpool Sands.
Due to the breaking surf, after discussion with the paddleboarder, it was decided to allow her to paddle the short distance to the shore, to be met by a member of the Coastguard team in his dry suit and secured to his companions on the shore.

Paddleboarder is helped ashore by the Dartmouth Coastguard team
Photo: John Fenton Dart Lifeboat press officer.
Paddleboarder is helped ashore by the Dartmouth Coastguard team

Time

Request Received 1:18pm
Time at incident 29 minutes
Time to recovery 1 hour, 7 minutes
Back on Service 2:25pm

Conditions

Sea/River State Choppy
Wind Direction West-Southwest
Wind Strength 17-21 knots

Lifeboat Crew

Kevin Murphy (Helm)
Mark Conroy
Aaron Spicer

Shore Crew

Deputy Launch Authority

Station address

RNLI Dart Lifeboat Station
Coronation Park
North Embankment
Dartmouth
Devon TQ6 9RR

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