Dramatic photos show RNLI lifesavers in huge seas responding to incident

Lifeguards News Release

On Wednesday 28 October, St Ives lifeboat and RNLI lifeguards were among the emergency services responding to the major incident at Top Cove, near Gwithian, after nine people were swept into the sea.

Mike Price

The photos, captured by Mike Price, show St Ives lifeboat and RNLI lifeguard Barney Stevens on the Rescue Water Craft tackling huge swell from Hurricane Epsilon to respond to a major incident in which nine people were swept into the sea at Top Cove, near Gwithian. Another four lifeguards made their way quickly by land.

St Ives RNLI lifeboat crew had left work and home to respond to the emergency and launched the all weather lifeboat.

On arrival all nine casualties were out of the water. The lifeguards worked with the Coastguard to triage and treat the casualties who had a range of injuries from cuts and bruises to water inhalation, before handing over to the ambulance service. After standing by to ensure everyone was safe, the lifeboat crew were stood down and returned to station.

Mike Price

Mike Price

Mike Price

Mike Price

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