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St Agnes RNLI rescue three from rip current

Lifeboats News Release

In fading light and surf conditions, St Agnes RNLI lifeboat saved three men caught in a rip off Perran Sands on Sunday evening (9 August).

At 8.31pm yesterday the St Agnes Lifeboat was tasked by Falmouth Coastguard to the report of three persons in difficulties in the sea at Perran Sands. A solo bodyboarder had been taken out in a rip current. With the casualty 100 meters from shore, two young men entered the water to try and save him, but got into difficulty themselves.

When the D-Class boat arrived all three casualties were in grave danger. Volunteer crew members Paul Fisher (helm), Richard Draisey and Lloyd Stein were able to get the three aboard and undertake immediate casualty care. After an assessment by Lloyd Stein it was determined that the casualties were shaken but apparently unharmed. The boat returned to shore and the casualties transferred to a waiting ambulance.

Helm, Paul Fisher commented,

“This is an excellent example of when to call the Coastguard. They three men did the right thing by hanging onto the boogie board and staying calm. With fading light and their location in the surf being pushed up by the sandbanks, we are confident that this particular call meant three lives were saved.”

With three casualties safely ashore the lifeboat returned to Trevaunance Cove and was disinfected, refuelled and rehoused by 9.10pm.

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