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Man spent six hours clinging to a paddle-board off the coast of Cornwall

Joe Holtaway was rescued a mile south of Marazion beach Credit: ITV News

A man who paddled out to sea as the sun set spent six hours clinging to his board before being rescued by lifeboats in Cornwall.

Joe Holtaway left his clothes and bicycle on the beach at Marazion before heading into the water as it was a "beautiful evening".

He entered the sea with his paddleboard at around 6pm, but drifted so far out he could not return to the shore.

Mr Holtaway's family reported him missing at 8pm and a search operation was launched.

Police were also called by a local woman after she noticed a bike and clothing left on the shore.

Coastguards initially scoured the scene, along with a RNLI Penlee lifeboat and helicopter, but Mr Holtaway could not be found.

Three hours later, at 11pm, the RNLI Penlee lifeboat found Mr Holtaway a mile south of Marazion beach.

He was taken to Newlyn harbour by the lifeboat then conveyed to hospital by ambulance and treated for hypothermia before being released.

In a message posted on the RNLI Penlee Facebook page, Mr Holtaway wrote: "It was a beautiful evening in Marazion, I paddled out on my board in the sunset and drifted further/got colder than I could get myself back to shore from.

"Six hours later the lifeboat took me onboard, and brought me in. Much love, respect and admiration for everyone who was on the beach, the emergency services, my friends and family (all are family.x)."

Mr Holtaway later uploaded a picture of himself drinking tea in a mug at home to his personal Facebook page.

His brother, Ben Holtaway posted: "Joe has been found alive, spent 5 hours at sea but now ok in hospital. Thank you to the Penlee Crew for finding him. Superstars."

Paddle-boarder rescued after six hours at sea

Joe Holtaway was rescued a mile south of Marazion beach Credit: ITV News

A young man who paddled out to sea on his board at Marazion says he's "feeling a bit worse for wear" after being rescued after more than six hours in the water.

Joe Holtaway was unable to get back to shore last night and was reported missing by his family at around 8pm.

A coastguard team from Porthleven was brought in, and following a three hour search, the Penlee Lifeboat found Joe a mile south of Marazion beach.

He was taken to Newlyn harbour by the lifeboat, and then taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro by ambulance suffering from hypothermia.

He's now recovering at his parents' house. He had this to say on his Facebook page:

It was a beautiful evening in Marazion, I paddled out on my board in the sunset and drifted further/got colder than I could get myself back to shore from.

Six hours later the lifeboat took me onboard, and brought me in.

Much love, respect and appreciation for everyone who was on the beach, the emergency services, my friends and family (all are family.x)

– Joe Holtaway on Facebook

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Ambulance staff join national walk out over pay

Ambulance staff on the picket line outside the Exeter ambulance station Credit: ITV News

Health workers in the south west have been taking part in a four hour strike today.

Members of the GMB and Unison unions walked out at 7 o'clock this morning in an ongoing dispute over pay. It's the second wave of industrial action being taken by health workers. They took similar action last month.

Today's four-hour walk out will be followed by a work-to-rule which will last until the end of the month.

The workers are calling for a 1% pay rise, which the Government says it can't afford Credit: ITV News

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Glovers and Grecians stage dramatic comebacks

There were wins Yeovil and Exeter City today.

Yeovil Town have climbed off the bottom of League One after coming from behind to beat ten-man Notts County. The hosts had Gary Jones sent off for a two-footed tackle, then went ahead when Mike Petrasso latched onto a poor backpass. But Jordan Clarke scored twice in the last ten minutes to secure the three points for Gary Johnson's men.

In League Two, Exeter City also came from behind to beat Shrewsbury at St James Park. The visitors led 2-0 at half-time, but a Tom Nichols double and David Wheeler turned the game around.

Plymouth Argyle suffered their first defeat in 8 games, going down 1-0 at Mansfield. Kelvin Mellor had Argyle's best chance, but hit the crossbar with an open goal.

And in the Conference, Torquay United drew 2-2 with Gateshead at Plainmoor. The Gulls were leading for most of the match after Ryan Bowman's 8th minute penalty. The visitors then scored twice in the last five minutes, but Bowman rescued a point in stoppage time.

Today's football results

Torquay United threw away a two-goal lead against Forest Green Rovers.

Yeovil Town have slipped to the bottom League One after losing 1-0 at home to Fleetwood. Jeff Hughes scored the only goal of the game three minutes from time.

Plymouth Argyle are up to fourth in League Two after a comfortable 3-0 win over Portsmouth. All the goals came in the first half with Reuben Reid scoring on either side of a Lewis Alessandra strike.

Exeter City travel to Newport County tomorrow (3pm kick-off).

In the Conference, Torquay United and Forest Green Rovers shared the points in a thrilling 3-3 draw at Plainmoor, with the hosts throwing away a two-goal advantage.

Ryan Bowman and Toby Ajala gave the Gulls a 2-0 lead after just 20 minutes. Kurtis Guthrie headed a goal back for Rovers shortly before half-time.

Midway through the second half Ajala restored the two-goal cushion, but two goals in four minutes from James Norwood and Guthrie earned Rovers a share of the points.

Seventh home win in a row for Argyle

Reuben Reid scored twice against Portsmouth at Home Park. Credit: David Davies/EMPICS Sport

Plymouth Argyle have moved up to fourth in League Two after a comfortable win in the 'Dockside Derby' over Portsmouth.

There was early excitement at Home Park. Lewis Alessandra was brought down in the box in the sixth minute, and Reuben Reid confidently scored from the spot.

Fifteen minutes later the advantage was doubled. Kelvin Mellor teeing up Alessandra for a clincal finish.

And it was soon 3-0 as Portsmouth couldn't cope with Argyle's attacking prowess. Mellor the provider once again, this time settting up Reid for his second of the game.

No more goals in the second half, but the Pilgrims did come close. Lee Cox hit the cross bar. Deane Smalley saw his shot saved by former Exeter City goalkeeper Paul Jones. And Jones denied Smalley again when he tipped the substitute's shot onto the post.

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