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Coastguard crew faces 'rude responses' during rescue

Coastguard crew faces 'rude responses' during rescue

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 12:09pm 30th December 2019. (Updated at 5:43pm 30th December 2019)

A coastguard crew in Cornwall say they were faced with 'negative and rude responses' when rescuing a surfer on a beach.

Teams got the shout to Constantine Bay earlier in December when a man got into difficulty in a rip current.

A rescue helicopter was called and winched the casualty from the water back to the safety of the beach.

He was checked over by paramedics but luckily was not injured.

"Team requested along with Padstow Lifeboat and Coastguard Helicopter Rescue 924 to a surfer in difficulty caught in the rip.

"Once on scene we readied a rescue swimmer and appropriate shore recovery equipment and made way to the shore line. At this time Padstow Lifeboat and Rescue 924 arrived on scene.

"Due to conditions the quickest and safest option was a helicopter recovery. The casualty was winched from the water and landed on the beach. 

"He was then assessed by team members and the paramedic winch-man, then released with no injury and medical advise.

"All crews then stood down and returned to station."

Padstow Coastguard

The Padstow Coastguard team says there were lots of dog walkers and beach-goers on the scene at the time.

Crews had to ask them to move further along the beach so the helicopter could land within a safe zone.

But the rescuers were met with 'negative and rude responses' from people when they were asked to move.

Now the team is raising awareness and reminding people that this happens for the safety of the public.

"Unfortunately this is a slightly negative post however one we feel needs to be made in relation to our Constantine job.

"Thankfully the casualty was safely recovered by Rescue 924 then lowered to the beach for a medical check over.

"This is where an issue has arisen. Lots of members of public were walking their dogs on the beach. Several groups were asked to move further along the beach. This is due to the helicopter needing a safe landing zone but also for public safety.

"The downdraught on the aircraft is incredibly strong and can cause injury if not dealt with respectfully.

"If we ask you to move to a safer place please don’t ignore us, or respond with negative and rude responses as happened!

"We are not asking you to move just for the sake of it! Please, if walking your dog on the beach have a lead with you.

"Many of those with dogs happily moved to a safe location and put their dogs on leads for us when asked! Sadly not all listened."

Padstow Coastguard

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