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St Ives Inshore Lifeboat launched to investigate surfboard

Lifeboats News Release

The St Ives inshore lifeboat was launched Saturday 9 July.

A report came from St Ives NCI lookout of a surfboard, spotted a few hundred metres north of St Ives head.

​The ILB crew of Nick Phillips and David Holland-Kemp with Jonathan Harvey at the helm, searched from Porthminster to Mans’ Head, and then began a search pattern from north of the Island heading north, but after an hour of searching in very choppy and windy conditions, nothing had been found and so Falmouth Coastguard stood them down and returned to St Ives.

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