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Teenagers Plucked From Cliffs

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:01am 4th August 2014.

Two teenagers have been rescued from cliffs at Bedruthan Steps, after getting into trouble in four foot waves.

The seventeen year olds were plucked to safety by Newquay lifeboat and treated by paramedics.

Teams say the girl had suffered minor injuries and swallowed water.

Newquay RNLI's two inshore lifeboats were launched from the harbour by the station's shore-crew volunteers around one hour before low-water on Sunday. In a gentle south-westerly breeze the RNLI lifeboat crews arrived at the scene along with RNLI lifeguards from Mawgan Porth and shore-based coastguard volunteers.

RNLI volunteer helmsman Mike Martin manoeuvred the D class inshore lifeboat Valerie Wilson towards the cliffs and the lifeboat crew rescued the girl and landed her safely at Mawgan Porth Beach where she was met by RNLI lifeguards and an ambulance crew and treated for water ingestion and minor injuries.

The lifeboat crew returned to the small cove and rescued the boy and a person who had gone to the teenagers' aid.

Newquay RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Gareth Horner praised the actions of the lifeboat volunteers: "The crews did a good job today in difficult conditions, operating under the cliffs amongst 4ft breaking seas to perform the rescue. The public are warmly invited to support our volunteers at Newquay Lifeboat Day on 24 August."

On Saturday the lifeboat volunteers' pagers had alerted them at 6.36pm to two 14 year-olds missing between Polly Joke and Mawgan Porth. The RNLI team responded and were just about to launch the charity's two inshore lifeboats to assist in the search for the boys when they were found safe and the volunteers were stood down by Falmouth Coastguard before the lifeboats entered the water.

Newquay's Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Gladys Mildred was launched by the RNLI volunteers after they were called at 9.13pm on Thursday (31 July) to assist three people on a broken down speedboat off Lusty Glaze. The lifeboat crew towed the boat to Newquay Harbour just after sunset. 

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