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What is The Cornish Coastal Rescue Award?

Awarded to a person who has gone beyond the call of duty to assist those in danger on the water, be it RNLI, coastguard, search and rescue, or an ordinary member of the public. 

Cornwall is famed for its coasts and beaches but, as hundreds of people discover every year, they have the potential to be dangerous or even lethal. This award is dedicated to those who battle to make it a little safer.

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WINNER: Matthew Szlichta

Lifeguard Matthew Szlichta didn't hesitate when he spotted a ten-year-old boy struggling in six-foot swells at Sennen.

The young bodyboarder managed to escape the rip current but mum... who'd gone in after him... was now in danger of being swept out to sea.

Matthew raced into action on a borrowed surf board to pull her to safety.

That's even though the beach was red flagged and he was OFF DUTY!

Sponsored by - Ann's Cottage

Ann’s Cottage Surf & Lifestyle Stores – Proud to be at the heart of your coastal community

Ann’s Cottage supports personally chosen charities that are very close to our hearts. We have 14 stores throughout Cornwall so have taken the decision to support a selection of LOCAL main charities including the Air Ambulance, that help and support all local people from all around Cornwall.

A family run business that was born in the summer of 1978 on Polzeath Beach, Cornwall now consisting of 14 stores and a website, Ann’s Cottage is at the heartbeat of all surf and lifestyle fashion in the UK.

Ann’s Cottage stands out among a hugely crowded and competitive market not just by having the most amazing locations across towns and seafronts in Cornwall but by offering unrivalled customer service from a fantastically knowledgeable and enthusiastic team.

We are proud to have been involved in the surf and lifestyle fashion scene from the very beginning and embrace a lifestyle that we are lucky enough to live on a daily basis, something very few retailers can claim.

Ann’s Cottage is a way of life and an iconic brand that continues to grow with a huge smile on its face; Born By The Sea…Forever By The Sea

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