Busy Bank Holiday as people rescued across Cornwall by RNLI lifeguards: VIDEOS (From Falmouth Packet)
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Busy Bank Holiday as people rescued across Cornwall by RNLI lifeguards: VIDEOS
11:23am Wednesday 28th August 2013 in News
RNLI beach lifeguards in Cornwall had a busy bank holiday weekend after a raft of major incidents saw tens of people rescued from the sea.
On Saturday five swimmers and two bodyboarders were swept off a sandbank and into deep water by a surging swell at Porthtowan. RNLI lifeguards Matt Trewhella and Matt Bannister went in with a rescue board and tube, while senior RNLI lifeguard Adam Bunt requested for assistance from RNLI lifeguards Kian Harris and Cameron Ward.
Kian went in with a rescue board while Adam and Cameron prepared to launch the inshore rescue boat (IRB) however between the two Matts and Kian, using a mixture of rescue boards and tubes they were able to get the swimmers and bodyboarders back to shore safely.
Matt Bannister used a rescue tube to rescue three swimmers who were all going under the water. He wrapped the tube around one swimmer and got the other two to hold onto the float while he swam them in.
Drustan Ward, RNLI lifeguard supervisor said: ‘The RNLI lifeguards did a great job to bring all the casualties in extremely quickly, they were very grateful and one thanked them for saving his life. We had quite good sized surf but with the onshore wind and flooding tide, conditions weren’t great.
"The RNLI lifeguards at neighbouring Chapel Porth had dealt with a very similar incident only an hour before."
RNLI lifeguards were also in action at Mawgan Porth, with three people were rescued from rip currents at low tide by lifeguards Jack Daniels and John Steadman.
To get an idea of how many people the RNLI lifeguards keep safe on the beaches, have a look at this time lapse footage at Perranporth beach.
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