Falmouth RNLI has warned families to take care when visiting the area following a spate of incidents over the last week.

Both of the station's lifeboats have been in action, assisting a ten-metre vessel with a damaged prop and rudder, helping a yacht in difficulty near Portlow as well as responding to a mayday call from a sinking powerboat which had hit the rocks west of Black Head.

They were also required to save two paddleboarders who were caught in the tide at Malpas, three swimmers who were in difficulty at Porthluney and an in land medical evacuation at Lankidden Cove.

Lifeboat Operations Manager for the station Nick Lewis said: "The past week has been extremely busy for our dedicated volunteer crew, as the school summer holidays draw closer.

"We’re urging anybody visiting Falmouth this summer, and planning to take part in coastal activities, to be aware of the dangers so they can have a safe and enjoyable time on holiday.

“Always check the weather conditions and tide times before heading to the coast as it’s very easy to find yourself quickly cut off by the tide or blown offshore.

"Whatever activity you choose to do, whether it’s swimming, paddleboarding, sailing, kayaking, walking, or anything else near the water, look out for your friends and family to help keep each other safe. If you’re going alone, make sure you always tell somebody where you’re going and when you’ll be back.

“Please enjoy the water in Falmouth, and everything the coastline has to offer, but respect the dangers too. Remember, in an emergency or if you see somebody in trouble, dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.”

Falmouth Lifeboat Station is one of the busiest in the South West region. In 2021 the crew responded to 110 shouts in total – the highest on record in the station’s history.