Surfer On the Run for RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

A local surfer who was rescued by St Agnes RNLI lifeboat has taken up the challenge of running the London Marathon to raise funds for the charity that helped save his life.

Local surfer Jonathan Davies enjoys a right hand break at Trevaunance Cove

Sarah Bunt

Jonathan Davies back on his board

In May 2020 Jonathan Davies was surfing with friends at Chapel Porth when the experienced surfer was spotted face down in the water. Fellow surfers quickly retrieved him from the sea and, with Jonathan fighting for his life, emergency services were called. With first aid from experienced life savers already on scene and urgently needed oxygen brought to the spot by St Agnes lifeboat, Jonathan was given life saving first aid until the Coastguard Rescue helicopter arrived to take him to hospital. Now, just over a year later, Mr. Davies is fit and well and preparing to run the London Marathon, raising funds to save lives at sea. Davies said,

‘This is my very small way of doing something, to give something back to everyone who played a part in my rescue last year. The choice of the RNLI was the obvious way to put a figurehead on the marathon training.’

Not to be outdone, Jonathan’s wife Victoria has joined the volunteer crew of St Agnes RNLI. Already well into her training, Victoria hopes to become a fully qualified member of the sea going volunteer crew within the year. In fact, Victoria has already assisted in a rescue when, during one of her first training sessions, St Agnes lifeboat diverted to rescue two kayakers.

You can find out more about Jonathan’s rescue and his fund-raising efforts at his Just Giving page.

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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,200 lives.
Victoria Davies in RNLI gear

RNLI/Tom Knight

Jonathan's wife Victoria Davies has joined St. Agnes RNLI

Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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