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Padstow lifeboat in trawler rescue

Six fisherman have been rescued off the Cornish coast in a joint operation involving the Padstow lifeboat and a helicopter from RNAS Culdrose. The crew of the French trawler took to survival suits and abandoned ship yesterday when their vessel was struck by huge waves in gale force winds.

Five of the crew were plucked from the water by the Royal Navy rescue helicopter and the skipper was picked up by the RNLI lifeboat from Padstow. All six crew were brought ashore.

Padstow lifeboat 2nd Coxswain Richard Pitman said, "A great deal of credit must go the winchman on the helicopter. The heavy sea conditions made his job very difficult as he was dragged in and out of the water with the rise and fall of the sea.

"The conditions were challenging and it was a difficult rescue for all involved, we are pleased to have been able to assist."


Devon's lifeboats dispatched to search for swimmers

On the deck of the Plymouth all-weather lifeboat during a night rescue of swimmers off Bovisand Bay. Credit: RNLI/Barry Perrins

Crews from both of Devon RNLI's lifeboats were called out to search for two swimmers who were missing at Bovisand Bay.

Both the all-weather lifeboat Sybil Mullen Gloverand the inshore lifeboat Millennium Forester were called upon to help but two swimmers, believed to be in their 20s, were found and taken back to shore where they received treatment from Paramedics.

Man collapses on beach at Gwithian in Cornwall

A 66-year-old man has been airlifted to hospital after collapsing on the beach at Gwithian.

A member of the RNLI shore-based lifeguards revived him using a defibrillator and the helicopter from RNAS Culdrose took him to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro for treatment.

Falmouth Coastguard has praised the lifeguard for their actions.


6 children trapped in gully off Cornwall beach

RNLI lifeguards with one of nine people rescued from a gully at Constantine. Credit: RNLI

Six children and three adults have been rescued by Lifeguards on Treyernon beach in north Cornwall.

The group was trapped by the incoming tide in a gully on Tuesday afternoon.

The RNLI said they were huddled together on a rocky platform above the gully which was quickly filling with water as the tide came in, and with a solid five foot swell washing though, they were in danger of being swept off the rocks.

Speedy lifeboat rescue at Instow

The RNLI lifeboat at Appledore has rescued three crew members from a boat which had run aground off Instow in North Devon.

The Hedrik began listing and taking on water after hitting an unknown object on Thursday evening.

Swansea Coastguard heard Hedrik's faint Mayday emergency call and notified the Appledore RNLI lifeboat. It reached the scene within ten minutes of the Mayday being received and the three crew members on board were transferred to the lifeboat.

This was an incredibly fast and slick recovery operation. The crew members are safe and dry and we are currently assisting an effort to re-float this vessel using its salvage pump. Thank you to all teams involved

– Steve Matthews, Swansea Coastguard Watch Manager
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