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3:31pm 14th October 2013
(Updated 3:31pm 14th October 2013)

There is a reminder the RNLI does not stop work, just because the summer is over

It is after an off-duty lifeboat volunteer saved a woman's life at Porthchapel, when he spotted the swimmer floating face down.

Penlee crewman, Paul Kneebone, is now fundraising to help support lifeboat crews.

The Newlyn dad, said: "I just saw a shape under the water face down a couple of metres to the side of me, so I grabbed hold of her and pulled her head out and kept her floating really and tried to do the best I could while the waves pushed us into the next bay.

"We were both in a bit of bother by then but two or three other guys jumped in from the rocks on the beach and we all huddled up and got washed back in to the beach. So it's great that they were there. She was looking very, very poorly and had swallowed a lot of water. But I think she was OK in the end, so it was good.

"You're always aware of other people and, because we get trained so well through our station, that does make you a lot more confident in those situations. You know deep down that if it comes you can deal with it and hopefully help somebody."

Paul added the summer focus on lifeguard patrols at beaches can mean extra money comes in but lifeboat crews are out all year in all sorts of conditions: "I think I have raised about £500, it seems like a lot of money but for our kit it would just about pay for about one life jacket for us.

"We do quite well most of the year, but I think people forget that we still work all through the winter, and maintain a lifeboat and a crew all year round, our stuff and our training does cost a lot of money, so the more sponsors we can get the better really."

3:31pm 14th October 2013

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