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VIDEO: Bank Holiday Rescues On The Cornish Coast

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5:43pm 26th August 2014
(Updated 5:43pm 26th August 2014)

Cornish lifeguards had a busy bank holiday on the north coast.

scrambled to rescue two surfers off Porthtowan.

It was just one of several shouts around the Duchy coast over the weekend.

Two learners got into trouble in the strong rip and close to rocks.

Meantime RNLI crews at Harlyn had to deal with a young lad who'd fallen from cliffs - and teams at Widemouth helped a man who fell ill in the water.

At Porthtowan on Monday, lifeguards rescued a novice surfer who was getting into a precarious position around the headland close to rocks.

Lifeguards Adam Bunt and Ishmael Hamon were on patrol in the truck at the water's edge on what was a busy bank holiday Monday with a strong swell. They noticed some learner surfers drift outside of the black and white checked flags, so did an announcement to ask them to move back to the safe zone. However two of the surfers continued to drift close to a stony outcrop, so the lifeguards decided to launch the inshore rescue boat.

Ishmael Hamon, who was crew on the boat, said: "We sped out, got one of the learners who was further in and in a safer position and advised her to stay on her board and then signalled for lifeguard Kian Harris to assist her in.

'We then went further out to where the second other novice surfer was. She was waving for help and was dangerously close to some big barnacle incrusted rocks. Adam navigated through the strong currents, waves and submerged rocks and as we neared the young woman, she was clinging to her surfboard and clearly in some distress. I pulled her onto the boat as quickly as possible because there were large waves on the way."

The lifeguards took the girl back to shore, as Kian Harris was just reaching the beach with her friend. Both were a little shaken up but safe.  Marta Lemicka, 21, was rescued by Ishmael and Adam. She said: 'I could tell I was being dragged out towards the rocks and was trying my best to get in but the current was too strong. I was waving at my friend to get her attention and then I saw the lifeguards coming to me. I was starting to think about how I could get back and thought about climbing over the rocks, so I was very pleased to see the lifeguards.'

At Harlyn on Saturday, RNLI lifeguards worked with the coastguard to help a young boy who'd fallen about 25ft down a cliff. He was in a difficult location between two rock crevices and had suffered injuries to his hand, knee and chin.

RNLI lifeguards were alerted to the incident by Falmouth Coastguard at about 2.45pm on Saturday afternoon. The boy was at the other end of the beach at Boat Bay, outside of the RNLI lifeguard operational area.

The inshore rescue boat was launched with Ed Hanwell and Mike Carnegie onboard. On arrival lifeguards assessed the boy and dressed his wounds, keeping him stable and immobilised throughout. Lifeguard supervisor Dan Hutton also arrived on scene and retrieved a spinal board to put the casualty onto. The coastguard team and lifeguards realised it wouldn't be possible to get the boy back up the cliff to safety so helicopter Rescue 193 from RNAS Culdrose was requested to assist. The boy was winched up to the helicopter with his father, and his uncle was returned to the beach by the lifeguards.

At Widemouth beach on Friday, RNLI lifeguards helped a man who was feeling unwell in the water. His friends alerted the lifeguards at the water's edge to the man, who was in the water and breathing very fast. The lifeguards assessed his condition and called for assistance from paramedics. With the tide coming in, they moved him up to the lifeguard unit and administered oxygen, by which time an ambulance arrived on scene. He was airlifted to hospital by Cornwall Air Ambulance for further treatment.

During the time of this incident, RNLI lifeguards also dealt with a weaver fish sting, a young child who'd suffered a head injury when falling on the beach, and keeping everybody safe in the bathing area.

RNLI supervisor Ross Hambley said: "It was a challenging situation as the lifeguard team were dealing with several incidents simultaneously whilst keeping a reassuring eye on the many people who were in the water at a difficult state of the tide."

You can watch the video here.


5:43pm 26th August 2014

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