The man became lost while out with his five-year-old child

A man and his five-year-old daughter have been safely guided back to

shore after becoming lost in their boat in thick fog off Padstow.

Falmouth

Coastguard received a 999 call just before 6.20pm on Saturday evening from the

man who said he’d lost track of where he was. He had to call the

Coastguard on his mobile phone as his VHF radio on board wasn’t working.


Falmouth Coastguard talked the man through his recent passage, taking in

time and direction, before piecing together where the 17ft boat was likely

to be.

Once a location had been determined, a Pan Pan alert was

broadcast to see if any other boats in the area could help.

A nearby

fishing vessel responded and managed to locate the man and his daughter

approximately four miles off shore.

They were then guided back to Padstow,

where they were met by the Padstow Coastguard Rescue Team.


Simon Dennis, Watch Officer at Falmouth Coastguard, said: ‘It was lucky that this man managed to get in touch with us so we could

help track down his whereabouts and send rescue resources to help.

‘With

his VHF radio out of order, he had to rely on his mobile phone to raise

the alarm. He also didn’t have any lifejackets on board.


‘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.’