Men rescued from rock by lifeboat
9:55am Tuesday 24th July 2012 in News
Two men were rescued from an isolated rock off Portreath last night by the St Agnes lifeboat.
The volunteer crew launched at 8:50pm following reports by a local man of two people stranded on Gull Rock.
The casualties were initially spotted from the beach by an off duty RNLI Lifeguard Manager who phoned the coastguard to report the incident and continued to help co-ordinate the rescue.
The volunteer crew of Blue Peter IV, Gavin Forehead, Jamie Watkins and Dan Stirling, faced a difficult high tide launch with a large swell which required all available crew to help get the boat into the water safely.
A spokesman for the lifeboat said: "Upon reaching the scene they assessed the situation and one crew member climbed onto the rock to secure lifejackets onto the casualties.
"It is thought the two male casualties had swam out to the rock and were unable to make their own way back to shore due to a four to five foot swell combined with a high tide.
"Despite the conditions, the crew helped the casualties off the rocks and safely into the inshore lifeboat.
"The casualties were returned to the safety of Portreath harbour suffering from minor cuts and bruises."