Two men who tried to save bodyboarder had to be rescued too

Two young men who went into the sea to rescue a bodyboarder that was in difficulty were saved by St Agnes RNLI Lifeboat.

The incident, which happened on Sunday evening (9 August) saw the two young men attend the aid of the bodyboarder, who had been taken out by a rip current 100 metres from shore at Perran Sands, near Perranporth.

The two men also found themselves in difficulty after attempting to save the bodyboarder, with the situation described by the RNLI as one of “grave danger”.

St Agnes Coastguard search and rescue team were also in attendance, with one of their helicopters hovering over the casualties awaiting the arrival of the RNLI crew.

Perran Sands, where the incident happened 100m off shore.
(Image: Greg Martin)

In a post on Facebook, a spokesperson for the RNLI said: “At 8:31 pm 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 said: “This is an excellent example of when to call the Coastguard. The 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, redialled and rehoused by 9:10 pm”.

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The RNLI crew praised the “quick thinking and sharp eyes” of the first person who contacted emergency services. The team were paged by HM Coastguard eight seconds after receiving the call. Responding to a comment on their post, they wrote: “Our crew was able to be on the scene in time to help thanks to the sharp eyes and quick thinking of the first informant.

“I spoke with HM Coastguard this morning and they paged our launching authority 8 secs after receiving a call to say someone was in trouble in the water! Our D-Class was underway less than 8 minutes later! If in doubt, always call 999 and ask for the Coastguard. Quick thinking saves lives!”

St Agnes Coastguard search and rescue team also provided an update. It said: “The team was called to the zig-zag steps at Perran Sands Holiday Park to 3 persons offshore in a RIP.

“A man swept out on his bodyboard was assisted by two young men that swam to his aid. On our arrival, the Coastguard Helicopter Rescue 924 was hovering over the casualties awaiting the imminent arrival of the St Agnes RNLI Lifeboat, which pulled them from the water and returned them to the beach. They were then checked by paramedics in an ambulance. We returned to the station at 21:30”.

The wife of one of the saved men commented on the Coastguard’s post, expressing her gratitude. She wrote: “Hi, it was my husband who you rescued tonight from the water. I cannot even begin to tell you how grateful I am, thank you so so much. The work you do is amazing. My husband is safe thanks to your hard work.”

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