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Teenagers stuck chest-deep in the sea at Penzance

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Published by Emma Carton at 8:25am 24th May 2018. (Updated at 6:20am 25th May 2018)

Teenagers stuck up to their chests in the sea at Penzance

Three teenagers have been plucked to safety after getting stuck in the sea at Penzance.

A mum raised the alarm, to say her daughter and two mates were in trouble near the harbour.

The Penlee Lifeboat was scrambled and when they arrived, found the three up to their chests.

The girls told crews they had been trapped in the rocky reef on Wednesday evening for over an hour.

Penzance Coastguard rescuers wrapped them in blankets; they were cold but otherwise OK.

Posting on Facebook, Penlee Lifeboat said they launched from Newlyn after a call from Falmouth Coastguard.

"A 999 call had been received from a very concerned parent who reported that her daughter and two teenage friends were in difficulties near the entrance of Penzance Harbour.

"In near perfect weather conditions, the lifeboat sped across the bay and was quickly on scene.

"On arrival the crew located three girls standing chest deep in the water amongst a rocky reef just off the shore to the east side of the Albert Pier.

"All three were very cold and indicated that they’d been stuck in that position for over an hour.

"It was a very tricky place for the Inshore lifeboat to manoeuvre due to the state of the tide and the rocky reef. However, the volunteer crew just managed to make it and grabbed the girls to safety.

"They were taken back to Penzance Harbour, landed on the Albert Pier slipway, and handed over to the care of the Penzance Coastguard Rescue Team who were waiting with blankets.

"The girls were checked over and although their core temperatures were very low they were otherwise OK".

The Penlee Lifeboat received this thank you: "Thank you so much for helping my daughter and friends, we are so grateful.

"She will be making a donation and having many more lectures from us about staying safe and respecting the sea. (We thought we had taught her better)!??"

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