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Surfer and kayaker rescued by the RNLI on north Cornwall coast

Surfer and kayaker rescued by the RNLI on north Cornwall coast

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 2:18pm 11th April 2019. (Updated at 5:41pm 11th April 2019)

RNLI lifeguards have had a busy start to the Easter holidays  with a number of rescues on the north coast of Cornwall. 

On Saturday (6th April) Porthtowan beach RNLI lifeguards launched their inshore rescue boat to a surfer who had been caught by strong rips and strong easterly winds and taken out beyond the waves. 

The man was unable to return to shore and signalled for assistance. 

He was returned safely to shore by RNLI lifeguards Deshko Matthews and Connor Barker Warne. 

Deshko told Pirate FM: 

"I had advised the surfer and directed him to the patrolled surfing area, however during the afternoon the surf increased and the surfer was drawn by the rip currents and strong winds out of the area and eventually out amongst the large breaking waves at the back.

"We observed him for a moment and then immediately launched, it was our first call to action for over five months, however our training which we received over our induction period came to fruition and we felt confident in the large cold surf conditions."

On Tuesday (9th April), RNLI lifeguards at Perranporth beach rescued a kayaker who became separated from his kayak in the breaking waves. 

The man drifted out of the black and white flagged area and fell out of his kayak.

You can watch the dramatic footage here. 

RNLI lifeguard Will McRichie paddled around 100m to the casualty and pulled him onto the rescue board and took him safely to the shore. 

Lifeguard Fraser Hewitt- Thompson, who first noticed the kayaker,told Pirate FM: 

"Although the incident and rescue were over fairly quickly, it was a scary moment for the casualty who was quite shaken up. He was fairly inexperienced and not local to the beach so not familiar with how conditions present themselves on this beach.

"Thankfully he was ok and able to enjoy the rest of his day with his family.

We’d advise anyone arriving at the beach and planning on going in the water to take five extra minutes to chat to the lifeguards on duty, we’re very happy to provide some extra advice that might just make the difference."

RNLI lifeguards will continue to patrol 19 beaches across our area for the remainder of the Easter holidays until 22nd April. 

Find more information on beach patrols here



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