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Three rescues on one Falmouth beach within an hour and a half

Three rescues on one Falmouth beach within an hour and a half

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:02am 29th May 2020. (Updated at 6:24am 29th May 2020)

Three rescue operations have been carried out on a beach in Falmouth within the space of an hour and a half.

Coastguard crews were called out to Maenporth three times on Thursday afternoon.

The first call came in at around 5pm, amid concerns for the welfare of a swimmer who’d been washed onto the rocks.

On scene the crew found that there were in fact three people who had become cut off by the tide having made their way to the rocks due to the sea conditions.

They had climbed the cliff making their own way back towards Swanpool. A small team was sent to meet them and make sure they were well.

Maenporth rescues

While the remaining team members were keeping a watch of the group from West Bay they spotted a swimmer in difficulty also being swept out.

All team members were recalled to Maenporth and were gearing up for a ‘snatch’ water rescue when the lady was seen to be clambering up the rocks and making her own way back to the beach.

Luckily she only suffered a few minor cuts.

Falmouth coastguard says she did exactly the right thing and swam parallel to the beach, to the safety of the rocks and out of the rip that was taking her out to sea.

At 6.26pm the crew were then sent back to Maenporth following a report of a 13 -year-old girl who was in trouble in the sea.

On scene they found that she had been recovered from the water by a relative and both were being looked after by ambulance crews.

Maenporth rescues

"It goes without saying that these people were extremely lucky.

"Even the most experienced water users can get caught out.

"Only 12 months ago were were again at Maenporth having been tasked to a gentleman who’d been recovered from the water. He was a strong swimmer and sadly, despite our best efforts, he didn’t make it that day.

"Please really think about what you are doing when you enter the water.

"If you spot anyone in trouble on the coast. Dial 999 and ask for COASTGUARD. Even the slightest delay can make all the difference."

Falmouth Coastguard Rescue Team

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