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Children Left Clinging to Rocks

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7:00am 20th February 2013

Two schoolboys are left clinging to rocks after getting cut off by the tide at Carlyon Bay.

Fowey inshore lifeboat has plucked the soaking fourteen and fifteen year olds to safety.

Within seven minutes of the pagers sounding, the D-class Olive Two had a full crew and were ready to set off to find the 14 and 15 year old lads stranded by the rising tide. They were wet and had scrambled onto rocks just below the Carlyon Bay hotel. The weather was 7 degrees in an easterly wind blowing directly on-shore.

Co-ordinating with the local coastguards, the volunteer RNLI crewmembers had to land at a beach close by due to the strength of the waves and assist the casualties to the lifeboat. There they wrapped the lads in a windproof and balaclavas and took them as quickly as possible to Charlestown to await an ambulance. Staff of the Pier House Hotel offered hot drinks and a room with a fire to help the children described as "worryingly cold".

This was the first shout for Pete Alford who said: "It really makes all the training worth while."

The three crewmembers who are all unpaid volunteers for the RNLI were two local builder/decorators, Jan Philp and Pete Alford, and Tim Stables who is a tree surgeon. Nine other members of the crew arrived at the lifeboat station to help with the launch and in case the all-weather lifeboat Trent class Maurice and Joyce Hardy was required.

7:00am 20th February 2013

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