VIDEO: Men rescued after boat hit by large wave off Cornwall coast
Two men who were thrown from their fishing boat when it was hit by a large wave off the Cornwall coast yesterday morning were rescued by local surfers and the RNLI.
Bude lifeboat was launched at around 8am after reports of two people in the water in Bude Bay.
The lifeboat recovered the skipper of the local fishing vessel from the water while a second man was assisted to shore by surfers.
The skipper said his 25ft boat had been hit by a "rogue" wave as they left the harbour, throwing them both into the water.
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Lifeboatmen used ropes to slow the runaway boat, which was circling under full power and in danger of running aground, before boarding it. It was then returned to the owner at a nearby mooring.
Lifeboat operations manager Chris Cloke said: "The call out was an unusual job for the crew of Bude lifeboat, having to first slow the boat down using ropes and then boarding it.
"It was a job that needed initiative and team work, thanks to the rigorous training that the crew under take the situation had a successful outcome."
Meanwhile Looe's lifeboat was launched on Saturday to Looe Island after reports that an elderly man had suffered a suspected stroke.
The crew transported a paramedic to the island who treated the man until the Cornwall Air Ambulance arrived. The crew then helped the paramedics carry the casualty to the helicopter and he was flown to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth for further treatment.
Local boatman Ernie Curtis who was delivering supplies to the island at the time, said: "The lifeboat was on scene on the island within minutes of the call being raised. The crew and paramedics carried each other's equipment up the beach and to the casualty and were very quick to reach him. Their response and professionalism was first class."