Hero surfers save drowning girl at South Fistral, Newquay
Three hero surfers have saved a young girl from drowning after she was chucked off her surfboard in rough seas and dragged under water.
The girl got into difficulty at South Fistral in Newquay after a large wave crashed on top of her just before 5pm on Friday and sucked her underneath.
Luckily, three nearby surfers spotted that she was struggling in the four to five foot surf and darted over to help.
Will Eastham, 36, a retained fireman at Newquay fire station and one of the surfers who rescued the girl, described the incident.
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He said: “The first wave hit and took her off into the water. She was struggling.
“One of the other lads, Jordan Henwood, managed to climb in [off the rocks] and grab her and pull her up to the rocks.
“But then a second massive wave hit and washed them both into the water.”
Will and their third pal, Dean Scott, 20, who was also out surfing with the group, “bolted” over towards the pair, who were submerged in the swell.
Dean chucked Jordan his surfboard so he could pull himself up, while Will hauled the girl out of the water and onto his board.
The father-of-two, who owns W.E surfboards in Newquay, said: “I picked her up and dumped her on the board and swam out of the surf. Dean came out with me. We took her quite far out where the waves weren’t breaking.
“I said to make sure someone from the coastguard and the lifeboat was coming as we didn’t want to take her in through the rough surf.”
Within eight minutes Newquay’s cliff rescue team had arrived at the scene and began coordinating the rescue with Newquay’s RNLI lifeboat.
“The lifeboat came right into the surf,” said the father of two. “They swam around and lifted her onto the boat.
“Luckily for her there were people around. It could have been a very different story.”
The girl, whose age or name is not known, was initially checked over by paramedics and was later taken by ambulance to the Royal Cornwall Hospital Treliske, in Truro, for treatment.