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Brothers Hailed Heroes for Saving Woman from Drowning

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5:45am 18th October 2012
(Updated 5:45am 18th October 2012)

Two men are hailed heroes after saving a woman from the sea in Newquay.

She was face down in the water when they reached her at Little Fistral on Tuesday night.

She was airlifted to hospital suffering severe hypothermia, but rescue crews say she might not have been here at all if it was not for two Cornish brothers.

The woman in her thirties was swept out to sea as she tried to reach her dog.

Martin and Dave Marney spotted her and dashed sixty metres into the six foot waves with a lifebelt before the inshore lifeboat and rescue helicopter arrived.

They stayed with her for more than twenty minutes, after coastguard teams warned them not to try to make it back through the rough surf breaking on the shore.Martin and Dave Marney. Credit RNLI

Dave, who lives in Newquay, said: "We ran down to the beach, pulled off our clothes and someone shouted to grab the life ring which we did. We jumped in and started swimming to the woman. We got the ring on to her and then decided we needed to get her back in to the shore as quickly as possible. It was then that a coastguard called us on a loud hailer telling us to stay outside the surf line as the lifeboat was on its way. There was a six foot surf running and so to come back through those conditions would have been difficult."

The two brothers then kept the woman talking until the lifeboats arrived on the scene.

Martin, who lives in Perranporth, says the moment of rescue came as a relief: "We had started to get a bit chilly when the lifeboat crew arrived. It was a brilliant relief when we saw the lifeboat and it had helped that the coastguard kept calling to us on the progress of the emergency services. Our adrenalin was running and that also helped. We are just so glad we were there and that the woman is alright."

All three were assisted into Newquay's inshore lifeboat from where the woman was airlifted to hospital. The two brothers were brought back to the lifeboat station where they were treated for cold by a land ambulance crew.

Gareth Horner, RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager at Newquay, said the two swimmers did a superb job: "The action of the two brothers deserves the fullest praise.  Their swift response coupled with their training, ensured they were able to reach the woman quickly and safely and provide her with vital support until the lifeboat crew arrived at the scene."

Both men in their forties have lifeguard qualifications.

It is understood the dog made it back to the shore unaided.

Photo: RNLI

5:45am 18th October 2012

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