The vice-president of Falmouth and Penryn Sea Cadets was reportedly pulled from the Penryn River after his boat overturned on Monday.

Robert Hichens was identified locally as one of three people who had to be recovered from the water on Monday after the punt they were in capsized. They were not wearing lifejackets.

Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat was launched at around 4.45pm to reports of people in the water after their boat had |capsized off Little Flushing, arriving on scene a few |minutes later.

An RNLI spokesperson said: “It was found that the three people involved had already been recovered by a passing boat and once it was confirmed that no medical attention was required they were taken ashore by the boat while the inshore lifeboat sorted out the punt and towed it ashore.

“The three occupants had been heading out to their moored yacht when the 8ft punt they were in capsized throwing them into the water. None of them was wearing a lifejacket but luckily a passing rigid inflatable saw their plight and was able to recover them |quickly from the water.”

Mr Hichens was unavailable for comment at the time |of going to press, as he |was sailing and his mobile phone was reported to be water damaged.