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False alarm call out to three cut off by tide at Maenporth
1:00pm Friday 23rd August 2013 in News
A false alarm with good intent saw the Coastguard rescue team and Falmouth inshore lifeboat launched to a report of three people cut off by the tide near Maenporth Beach.
Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat launch following a report of three people in the water near Maenporth Beach just before 8pm.
The Falmouth Coastguard Cliff Rescue Team was also tasked to assist.
The Inshore Lifeboat launched from her slipway at 7.54pm and having rounded Pendennis Point headed across the bay arriving off Maenporth at 8.01pm. The three people were located in the water close to the rocks between the beach and the wreck of the trawler Ben Asdale.
A spokesman said: "On speaking to the three persons involved it soon became apparent that they were in fact just exploring the coastline and were not in any difficulty so the inshore lifeboat was released to return to its station.
"It turned out that the three males had spent much of the afternoon coasteering but with the high spring tide members of the public had mistakenly believed that they had been cut off by the tide. While it had turned out to be a false alarm the members of the public had been right to report it to the coastguard."
The Inshore Lifeboat was back on its slipway by 8.26pm where it was refuelled, rehoused and ready for service by 8.45pm.
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