Pirate FM News

Dramatic Rescue At Surf Competition

Fistral beach

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 3:37pm 23rd October 2014

A surf competition at Fistral ends in a dramatic rescue.

Two surfers were caught in six foot swell and risked being dashed against rocks as the wind picked up on Friday.

Senior lifeguard Warren Llewellyn dubbed it the 'most dangerous rescue' he'd ever done, as he dodged massive sets to bring them to safety.

His bosses say it was 'outstanding'.

Warren explains: "I noticed one surfer get caught by a wave and driven closer to the rocks in the strong winds. It was high tide and the swell was about six foot, breaking onto the rocks. It was constant so I had to time it between the sets to get into the casualty. I managed to get in but the surfer's board had got tangled and so I had to leave again to miss the waves and avoid damaging the RWC. I waited for another lull and went back in, took his leash off to ditch his board and got him onto the rescue sled. We just managed to make it out with seconds to spare before the next big set of waves came in.

"I had to wait for a gap in the swell but the longer I waited the more danger the surfer risked getting into. I had one chance to get him, and luckily I managed to get him on the sled in a few seconds so we could get back out before the next wave. It was the most dangerous rescue I've ever done; I didn't have much time to get the casualties and risked damaging the RWC on the rocks and injuring myself. Fortunately I managed to get both casualties, uninjured and back to safety."

As a result of the changing conditions, the surf competition was moved to the middle of the beach for the rest of the weekend.

Lewis Timson, RNLI lifeguard supervisor for Fistral, adds: 'Warren performed an outstanding rescue in difficult circumstances and saved the lives of the two surfers.'

RNLI lifeguards remain on duty at Fistral beach every day in October, and will carry out voluntary patrols at weekends in November.

Email Icon

Sign up for exclusive news, competitions and offers.
Proper Local News updates from Pirate FM

Suggested articles

Royal Mail fined record £50m for 'serious breach of competition law'

National News: Royal Mail has been fined a record £50m by the communications regulator "for a serious breach of competition law".

Migrant rescue ship Aquarius to be stripped of Gibraltar registration

World News: The government of Gibraltar has said it is to strip the migrant rescue vessel Aquarius of its Gibraltar registration.

Trending in Cornwall

LIVE: Car crash leaves Westminster on lockdown

Man questioned on suspicion of terror offences

Man dies after a 'freak accident' in Cornish woods

Police confirm he was struck by a tree at Tehidy

Man treated by paramedics after an A38 crash

Police say a digger hit the barrier near Liskeard

WATCH: The Red Arrows return to Falmouth

Check this full guide to travel and the best views

New tracker to tackle bed-blocking in Cornwall

Around 20 patients a day are waiting to leave wards

WATCH: Boy who fell from pier was 'chasing a seagull'

The youngster was airlifted to hospital from Looe

WATCH: Dead turtle had plastics in its stomach

The giant leatherback washed up near Penzance

Police investigate rape allegation at Boardmasters

It involved a 16-year-old girl who isn't from Cornwall

UPDATE: Delays of over an hour on Cornwall's A30

It was down to a crash and debris near Bodmin

WATCH: Crime at Boardmasters is down

Figures revealed on offences like thefts and drugs

More news...

Pirate Extra Pirate 70s Escape LoveCornwall