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3:48pm 26th July 2012
(Updated 3:48pm 26th July 2012)

Pirate FM has been finding out what it is like to be involved in a rescue on the Cornish coast.

We have been with the crews at the Land's End Air Sea Rescue Day.

This is what a rescue helicopter looks and sounds like when it is landing just metres from you.

On a bright and sunny day on dry land it is just noisy but for dozens of people every year, it is a lifesaver.

Lieutenant Commander Adam Jones explains what happens when a shout comes in: "At your point of no return, you've only got a finite amount of time to affect the rescue because you need to get back because otherwise the aircraft will run out of fuel and will turn one or two casualties into six or seven".

Hear a day in the life of 771 Search and Rescue Squadron:


Terry George is Coxswain of the Sennen lifeboatand  knows what the race against time can be like: "For a fast launch, the boat launches straight out of the house and in the daytime, five or six minutes from the page".

The speed that Terry is talking about matters to rescue youngsters like the 15 year old girl trapped in a cave by rising tides at Polzeath earlier this week.

Crews from Rock only found her by accident because they were out looking for a missing dog.

They have told Pirate FM that she was just moments away from being overwhelmed by the sea.

3:48pm 26th July 2012

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