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Newquay RNLI race to rescue pregnant woman trapped by the tide
10:17am Thursday 12th September 2013 in News
Newquay RNLI volunteers had a busy Sunday evening, with two shouts, including a rescue of a pregnant woman and her partner trapped by the tide.
The inshore lifeboat was first called out at 715pm after an alert from the Coastguard to two people trapped by the tide on rocks between the beaches of Tresaith and Penbryn.
A spokesman said that this is a dangerous area where at least one life has been lost to the sea in the not too distant past.
The two stranded people were a young couple - and the young lady was pregnant. Fortunately, their plight had been spotted by four people on holiday from Kent who alerted the Coastguard.
Crewed by Simon Rigby at the helm, accompanied by Ellis Jones, the inshore lifeboat made its way at speed through moderate seas. They were able to spot the stranded couple quite easily and soon had them in the boat and back to the safety of the beach.
They were both seen by the Coastguard officers in attendance and found to be fit and well.
At 8:10pm as they were making their way back to New Quay, the crew were called out by the Coastguard again, this time to attend a five metre rib which had broken down near the reef off New Quay's Traeth Gwyn.
To avoid potential disaster on the reef the crew were able to get a rope on board and tow the rib back to its mooring in New Quay.
An RNLI spokesperson commented: "Our volunteer crews are dedicated to their job of saving lives at sea. This was a Sunday night when most people would be relaxing with their families or friends but our crews are prepared to turn out at all times of the day or night to perform their valuable work".
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