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Capsized kayak discovered off Devon coast

Capsized kayak sparks search off Devon coast Credit: HM Coastguard

Falmouth coastguard is appealing for information after a capsized kayak was discovered off the Devon coast.

The distinctive camouflaged vessel was found one mile south east of Start Point yesterday.

It was submerged in the water, with a paddle attached and a jacket stowed onboard.

An air and sea search was carried out but there was no sightings of anyone in the water.

After the kayak was reported to us an air and sea search involving Salcombe RNLI Lifeboats, Prawle Point Coastguard Rescue Team and the Coastguard Rescue Helicopter was carried out.

A thorough search of the area was carried out with no sightings of anyone in the water. The kayak was submerged in the water, with a paddle attached and a jacket stowed onboard.

There were no details of the owner and no indication of where it had come from.

The capsized kayak has since been recovered. If you have any information at all related to found kayak please contact Falmouth Coastguard.

– HM Coastguard

Fishermen rescued 75 miles west of Isles of Scilly

Five fishermen have been rescued from a life raft overnight after the fishing vessel Kairos sank 75 miles west of the Isles of Scilly.

UK Coastguard received two distress calls just after 23:45 yesterday. Falmouth Coastguard coordinated the search that involved two Irish Coast Guard Search and Rescue helicopters, RNLI St Mary’s lifeboat, fishing vessels and two commercial vessels that were in the area.

The five crew were recovered from the life raft to the vessel Cu Na Mara and are currently making their way to Ireland. All crew are said to be safe and well.

Thankfully all the crew were rescued. An incident such as this shows the value of having Digital Selective Calling (DSC) and an Electronic Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) onboard. Using the information from the distress alerts we were able to locate the fishing vessel’s last position quickly and deploy resources to the scene.

– Jim Morrison, Senior Maritime Operations Officer for the UK Coastguard

Sinking vessel salvaged from off The Lizard

Work is being done to salvage a cargo vessel that was sinking off The Lizard this morning. Five crew members were brought into Falmouth after efforts to pump water from the vessel failed.

"We received the mayday broadcast from the 'Sea Breeze' at 7.00 am and were able to get lifeboats and the helicopter on scene quickly, along with other vessels that were in the vicinity. The lifeboats and helicopter pumped water off the cargo vessel, whilst HMS Tyne was on its way with commercial pumps. "

"However, unfortunately, the smaller pumps could not keep up with the ingress of water and the crew had to abandon ship at 8.40 am. Five of the crew are now safely ashore. A couple of them have minor injuries. The captain has remained on scene on board HMS Tyne to help with the salvage operation."

– Alex Greig, Falmouth Coastguard Watch Manager

You can see footage from the rescue here


Falmouth Coastguard to the rescue

A solo sailor in the Atlantic Ocean has Falmouth Coastguard to thank for rescuing him, after his vessel started taking in water 700 miles from Barbados destination.

The man was forced to issue a Mayday when his cabin of his yacht the "Tangaroa" was ankle-deep in water.

Falmouth Coastguards contacted their Martinique counterparts, who co-ordinated a rescue by a merchant vessel. The sailor, who's from London, is now safely onboard after abandoning his yacht.

Confirmed : two coastguard stations to close in 2014

The Portland helicopter will cease to be come September Credit: Chris Ison/PA

Two of the South West's three Coastguard stations will close next year.

It's been confirmed by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency that Portland will come to an end in September 2014, and Brixham shortly after in November. Falmouth will stay open and join the government's new modernisation of the service in October.

The closure of the two stations has been highly criticised by both the public and MPs.

Brixham coastguards on strike outside their harbourside base Credit: Chris Ison/PA

Father and daughter rescued from fog near Padstow

A man and his five-year-old daughter were guided back to shore after becoming lost in their boat in thick fog off Padstow last night. Falmouth Coastguards received an emergency call out at 6:20pm

We always urge people to check the weather before they set off, just in case they get caught out in fog like this evening. You also need make sure all your communications equipment on board is working so you can call for help if needed. We also want to take this opportunity to remind people to wear a lifejacket. It's useless unless worn, and could save your life."

– Simon Dennis, Watch Officer at Falmouth Coastguard,