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VIDEO: Surfer 'Lucky To Be Alive' After Cribbar Wipeout

VIDEO: Surfer 'Lucky To Be Alive' After Cribbar Wipeout

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 4:55pm 27th October 2015. (Updated at 4:03am 29th October 2015)

A surfer has been described as "lucky to be alive" after a wipeout that saw them washed up on rocks in Cornwall.

They were surfing the Cribbar ahead of high spring tides on Tuesday afternoon.

The reef, which is also known as the 'Widow Maker', is found off Towan Headland in Newquay.

Its waves attract experienced surfers from across the world and can reach 20-25 feet.

Volunteers from the local RNLI shop kept him warm before paramedics took him to Treliske.

An RNLI spokesman said: "The RNLI relies on the dedication of its fundraising volunteers who work tirelessly to raise the funds needed to support the work of the charity's lifeboat crews and lifeguards, but it's not often that one of our RNLI shop volunteers is called upon to actually help someone who just come out of the sea after being rescued.

"The RNLI shop at Newquay Harbour will be open between 10.30am-3.30pm, subject to volunteer availability, for the rest of this half term week and then 11am-3pm every Saturday and Sunday until Christmas.

"Anyone who is interested in volunteering at the RNLI shop in support of the charity that saves lives at sea can contact Elizabeth Carne on 01637 876326 for further information."

Visit Newquay has described the Cribbar on its website: "According to surfing folklore, it was first surfed in 1966 by Australians Pete Russell, Rick Friar and Johnny McElroy, plus the American Jack Lydgate, during the year of the so called 'Great September Swell', an achievement which put Britain firmly on the big wave surfing map. They reached the massive lines of surf via the old lifeboat slip just below Towan Head.

"The Cribbar has also been paddle surfed. Adam Zervas became the first person to achieve the feat, when he took on the notorious big wave spot during a monster swell in January 2008. The stand up paddle surfer took on monster waves, reaching 15-20 ft or more than double overhead, for this surfing feat."

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On Tuesday, Oceanflow Yoga posted a video on its Facebook page, saying: "This surfer was lucky to come out alive after a pretty intense wipeout and washup on the rocks at Cribbar today!"

Watch what happened...

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