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Two lives saved in massive rescue off Falmouth coast

Two lives saved in massive rescue off Falmouth coast

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 4:06pm 22nd March 2019. (Updated at 4:08pm 22nd March 2019)

Photo: Matt Rogers - Falmouth Coastguard Rescue Team

A big rescue operation has been carried out after cries for help were heard coming from the water in Falmouth.

Coastguard teams, a lifeboat, police, paramedics and a rescue chopper all got the shout near Prince of Wales Pier on Thursday night.

A man was seen in the sea shouting for another person just before 9.30pm.

Teams rescued him from the water and he told crews there was still another person missing from a capsized dinghy.

Searches were carried out with high powered torches flood lighting the immediate area off the pier.

Part of the dinghy was found floating in the water and was semi-submerged - with the other person clinging onto it.

He was recovered to the pier and then taken to Treliske hospital for treatment.

It is thought that the pair were in the water for around 45 minutes.

Coastguard crews have thanked the people who called 999 - saying they saved two lives that night.

"Great teamwork was displayed by all services and without question, two lives were saved that evening.

"Both casualties where incredibly lucky that someone heard their shouts for help and to have survived.

"It's thought that they were in the water for around 45 minutes. But this is unconfirmed as neither casualty could be 100% sure.

"Neither where wearing a life jacket, there was no means of calling for help (VHF / Phone etc) and no lights on the vessel.

"This goes to show that, although it was a calm evening, these things can happen when you least expect it.

"Life jackets save lives! We would ALWAYS recommend wearing one if you're on or near the water. Also take means of raising the alarm with you.

"A great call from the people that called 999 and asked for COASTGUARD. You helped saved two lives that evening."

Falmouth Coastguard Rescue Team

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