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12-year-old Cornish girl awarded for helping to save two boys being dragged out to sea

Brooke Instance, has been officially recognised by the RNLI for her role in the rescue off Trevaunance Cove in May 2018. Credit: RNLI

A 12-year-old girl has been awarded for helping to save two boys who were being dragged out to sea in Cornwall two years ago.

Brooke Instance, has now been officially recognised by the RNLI for her role in the rescue off Trevaunance Cove in May 2018.

Brooke was a member of the St Agnes Surf Life Saving club and used her knowledge to spot that the teenage boys were in difficulty.

She could see they were caught in a notorious rip current off Trevaunance Cove.

The St. Agnes RNLI Lifeboat was launched and proceeded towards Steve and the casualties to assist.

Brooke, who has been training in life saving techniques since she was just seven, quickly alerted her father, Steve, who is a trained and experienced RNLI Lifeguard and manager.

He alerted the RNLI Lifeboat Team and then entered the water with a rescue board.

The St. Agnes RNLI Lifeboat was then launched.

Due to the quick thinking and actions of Brooke the two swimmers were successfully rescued.

Brooke was a member of the St Agnes Surf Life Saving club and used her knowledge to spot that the teenage boys were in difficulty. Credit: RNLI

This week Brooke and her family met the crew of St. Agnes Lifeboat at the station. Lifeboat operations manager Paul Kimberley handed her a certificate and statuette from the RNLI's Chief Executive.

Brooke thoroughly deserves this award. If it had not been for her decisive action, the incident might have ended very differently. But thanks to the quick thinking of this young lady and the combined efforts of an RNLI Lifeguard and Lifeboat crew, two lives were saved.

– Paul Kimberley