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Rescues and Triumph during busy weekend for Newquay RNLI
6:33pm Tuesday 1st July 2014 in News
Newquay lifeboat volunteers were called out twice within 24 hours on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 June, as well as welcoming an RNLI supporter riding a Triumph motorbike on a 4,500-mile fundraising road trip.
The first call came just after 7pm on Friday night when the RNLI volunteers launched the D class inshore lifeboat in response to a report of a teenage swimmer in difficulties off Towan Beach.
An RNLI spokesperson said: "Less than one hour after high-tide, the lifeboat crew searched off the beach and the small coves in the area, but there was no sign of a person in difficulties and it was believed that they had returned safely ashore before emergency services arrived."
Then just before 3.30pm on Saturday the RNLI pagers sounded for the second time in 24 hours and the volunteers launched both inshore lifeboats to assist two people and their two dogs trapped by the incoming tide near Carnewas Island at the southern end of Bedruthan Steps.
The spokesperson said: "Crew on the D class lifeboat went in to the shore and rescued the group, before ferrying them out to their colleagues on the larger Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat who took the two local people and their dogs- a Jack Russell and Yorkshire terrier- to the safety of Newquay Harbour around three hours before high-tide.
"The call was the first for local electrician and new RNLI volunteer Pete Harrison who was on the crew of the charity’s D class inshore lifeboat during the rescue."
As well as the two rescues, the crew were visited on Saturday at 2.30pm by supporter Matt Hawkes, who arrived at the lifeboat station on his 2.3-litre Triumph Rocket III Touring motorcycle as part of his 4,500 mile Circa Nautica fundraising road trip around the British coast.
Matt left Norfolk on 5 June, travelling anti-clockwise around the coast and will visit 170 lifeboat stations during the 34-day road trip in aid of the RNLI. He was welcomed to Newquay lifeboat station by two of the stations dedicated lifeboat shop volunteers.