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The rescue shouts at the height of Storm Dennis

The rescue shouts at the height of Storm Dennis

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 9:32am 18th February 2020.

Surfers have been rescued from the sea in Cornwall at the height of the Storm Dennis.

Coastguard crews had reports of nine in trouble at Mousehole on Sunday.

They arrived to find that one had already been helped to safety over the rocks.

"We were tasked by Falmouth Coastguard Operations Centre for the second time yesterday, the 16th February at 1820pm, this time to a report of a possible surfer in trouble just south of Mousehole south pier.

"A member of the public had observed one of a group of nine surfers just off the south harbour wall apparently struggling to return to shore.

"Correctly the member of public had notified Falmouth Coastguard via a 999 call, as a result we were paged to attend.

"Quickly on scene and talking with the member of public we ascertained that the surfer had received the assistance of a fellow surfer over the rocks.

"A question of the safety of the last surfer was also muted and the team spread out with powerful searchlights to confirm that there was no surfers left in the sea.

"After a while and with nothing seen we thanked the member of public for her diligence and after reporting negative sightings to our control at Falmouth Coastguard we were stood down to return to station".

Penzance Coastguard

Elsewhere a struggling kite boarder had managed to save himself, as the storm raged at Marazion.

The Penlee lifeboat was also scrambled, as it turned out the casualty had lost his harness and could not control the kite.

"We were tasked today the 16th February at 1453 by Falmouth Coastguard Operations Centre, to a report of a kite boarder who appeared in trouble in the sea off the Station House, Marazion.

"Penlee Lifeboat Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) was also requested to attend the incident.

"Being closer to the Hogus rock near St Michael's Mount, a further report indicated that the kite boarder had in fact managed to get out of the water unassisted.

"Information received stated that he had lost his harness and was unable to control the kite.

"With this information both ourselves and the Penlee ILB were stood down and we returned to our respective Stations".

Penzance Coastguard

Crews added that if you see someone you think is in trouble on the coast or at sea, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

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