Author: Tamsin Thomas, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
Library picture Newquay’s Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Gladys Mildred (Credit RNLI/Newquay)
Newquay RNLI’s Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Gladys Mildred was launched at 3.30pm this afternoon (Friday 29 May 2009) following reports of a person being washed out to sea from Poly Joke beach. The person managed to get back to shore before the volunteer crew of the lifeboat arrived, but the incident has prompted the RNLI to remind people of the dangers of offshore winds.
Initial reports suggested the person had washed out beyond the surf line and the lifeboat was launched with volunteer Ben Eglinton at the helm. In strong offshore winds gusting up to force five, the crew headed toward the beach but were called back when it was confirmed the person was safe.