The afternoon of Sunday 28th February was a busy one for Bude lifeboat volunteers with two shouts being received in a short space of time.
Just after 4.30pm the first shout went out requesting assistance for a person cut off by the tide. Thanks to quick thinkings locals this was dealt with quickly and the lifeboat didn't need to launch.
Shortly afterwards, at 4.45pm, the second shout went out to the volunteer lifeboat crew following a report that there were people in distress in the water.
It was quickly established that one casualty had been helped from the water by local surfers but there were serious concerns that a second person was missing. A multi-agency search and rescue mission was launched.
Both the Bude inshore lifeboat and the RWC (Rescue Water Craft) launched and began searching Summerleaze Bay.
Bude Coastguard Rescue Team were also on scene searching both Summerleaze and Crooklets beaches and Helicopter Rescue 924 was called to assist with the search.
Thankfully, the second casualty was found safe and well and the lifeboat and RWC were returned to the boathouse.
Liam Sharpe, Bude lifeboat operations manager said: 'Thankfully there was a good outcome for all the casualties today. As well as our dedicated team of lifeboat and shore crew volunteers, Bude Coastguard Rescue Team and Rescue 924, I'd also like to thank all the locals that helped with these rescues - without their assistance there might have been a different outcome. I'd also like to praise the casualty, who was rescued from the water by the surfers at Summerleaze, for raising the alarm that there might be a second casualty. Even though the second casualty was found safe, well and unaware of the search for him, if he had been in trouble then raising the alarm quickly would have been vital to achieve a successful outcome.'
Remember if you are in trouble at the coast, or see someone in difficulty, phone 999 and ask for the coastguard.
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