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Big rescue operation off north coast of Cornwall

Big rescue operation off north coast of Cornwall

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 10:35am 17th April 2019.

Coastguard crews have carried out a big rescue after several people got caught in a rip current off the north coast of Cornwall.

Teams had numerous 999 calls after the group got into difficulty at Treyarnon Bay on Tuesday afternoon.

Two people were in trouble in the water and two others had gone in to try and help them.

Members of the public threw life rings in to help them float.

One casualty then managed to swim into the shore, and his rescuer also made it out and to the cliff top.

The other was assisted onto the rocks, with another rescuer using the lines as a hold fast.

Coastguard teams, a lifeboat and rescue helicopter were all involved in the rescue operation.

The casualties were then winched to safety and were given oxygen by rescue crews.

padstow coastguard - treyarnon bay rescue

"Lifeguards sent their Inshore Rescue Boat from Constantine Bay, navigating some challenging conditions, and decided to deploy a lifeguard to swim across to help stabilise the casualties.

"Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 924 Bristow Group, and Padstow Lifeboat were also tasked, as there was some uncertainty regarding numbers of people.

"The team helped in safely keeping people back, and assisting family, rescuers and other parties from danger, while preparing a technical cliff rescue setup, in case the other assets involved were unable to assist.

"With the Padstow Lifeboat close on scene, and the cliff team setting up, Rescue 924 approached, to see if their downdraft would affect the rescue. At this time Polzeath Coastguard were also tasked as back up, as is always the case with a potential technical rescue.

"The decision was made, due to temperature & tides, that a winchman would be lowered to the two remaining people, and the lifeguard.

"Padstow Coastguard team members secured all materials on the clifftop, and made sure people were moved back even further.

"The winchman the was lowered to them, and after a quick discussion, started the process of bringing up each casualty, one by one to the clifftop. The youngest first, followed by his rescuer, and finally the RNLI lifeguard. The helicopter then landed off close by.

"While the winchman/paramedic reviewed them, the second paramedic was requested with further equipment from the helicopter. Polzeath team were then stood down with thanks, and it was soon confirmed, after warming up and administering oxygen, that the casualties were safe & well enough to be returned to their families.

"Likewise the Padstow Lifeguards and Padstow Lifeboat, were all stood down with thanks. RNLI Lifeguards who had arrived on scene stayed after, to give advice to those in the water, not to enter the southern side of the bay. The vehicle stowed, and rescue equipment returned to their housings, the team returned to station at Padstow by 1515, and proceeded to complete stowing, ready for the next tasking.

"Excellent multi agency work all round. Great response & a fantastic outcome."

Padstow Coastguard

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