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WATCH: Paddleboarder airlifted to hospital off coast

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Published by Sarah Yeoman at 3:44pm 14th June 2018 (Updated 5:49pm 14th June 2018)

A paddleboarder suffering from a chest injury off the Cornish coast has been airlifted to hospital.

RNLI senior lifeguard Pete Geal was patrolling Gwenver Beach when he spotted two stand-up paddleboarders with one appearing to be in significant distress.

The casualty was lying across his partner's board and had difficulty breathing.

The paddleboarders, who were some 100 metres out, managed to move closer to the shore and Pete waded out to assist them.

Pete then helped both paddleboarders through the two metre surf and back to the rocks between Sennen and Gwenver.

Due to the limited access of their location, Pete radioed covering senior lifeguard Josh Magin at Sennen who drove over in the lifeguard's 4x4 vehicle and together they helped the casualty into the truck and over to Sennen beach.

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The lifeguards were then assisted in administering casualty care by a first responder and a paramedic.

The casualty was given oxygen, kept warm and comfortable before being transported to hospital via Cornwall Air Ambulance.

Tim Palmer, RNLI lifeguard supervisor for the area, said: "This was a very difficult situation for the casualty to find themselves in and we wish him a quick recovery.

"The lifeguards didn't see the incident occur but the casualty was visibly in a lot of pain.

"Due to the alertness and quick reaction of the lifeguards the casualty was assisted as soon as possible and given emergency casualty care.

"We encourage anyone entering the water to visit a lifeguarded beach and to always check the tide times and sea conditions before visiting the coast."

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