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WATCH: Exhausted paddle-boarder rescued in south east Cornwall

WATCH: Exhausted paddle-boarder rescued in south east Cornwall

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 4:20pm 22nd May 2018.

An exhausted paddle boarder has been rescued in south east Cornwall.

Lifeguards and a lifeboat crew rushed to the rescue after a man was spotted struggling to get back to shore at Seaton.

The man was around 350 metres off the shore when he got into difficulty on Monday afternoon.

Lifeguard Tristan used a rescue board to paddle out to the casualty and the man started to shout for help.

He reached him quickly and the man was put onto the paddleboard to catch his breath before the Tristan attempted to get him onto the rescue board to take him back to shore.

Unfortunately due to the exhaustion of the casualty it proved difficult and after some attempts Tristan was joined by his colleague Beau.

Beau said: "The man was well equipped with a lifejacket and a mobile phone in an aqua pack, however he was only wearing shorts and a t-shirt and although it was a hot day, the water is still really cold.

"Once he'd fallen in the water, the shock of the cold had quickly taken effect on his body and made it difficult for him to get back on the paddle board.

"By this time he was cold and exhausted, panic had set in and we really struggled to get him on the rescue board. We called for backup from Looe lifeboat."

The volunteer RNLI crew at Looe were paged and launched the Atlantic class inshore lifeboat Shelia and Dennis Tongue II immediately, arriving on scene quickly.

Between them and the lifeguards they were able to transfer the casualty into the lifeboat, and the crew bought him safely back to shore.

Beau added: "The weather conditions were excellent for paddle boarding yesterday, the water was flat calm and there was little wind.

"However the situation can change quickly, thankfully we were on duty at the time and able to react quickly when we saw the casualty in difficulty and prevent a more serious incident occurring.

"We were able to work alongside the volunteer lifeboat crew from Looe to bring the casualty back to shore safely."

You can find safety advice here.

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