Stranded fishermen wait at Aire Point for tide to recede
TWO men spent more than three hours waiting for the tide to recede after being cut off by the tide on a notorious fishing rock.
The Land's End Coastguard Cliff Rescue team and then both Sennen Cove lifeboats – the Tamar class all-weather and D-class inshore lifeboat – were called to Aire Point at Gwenver, a mile north east of Sennen Cove, at around 5.30pm last Wednesday.
The swell, measuring around 6ft, prevented any evacuation by boat but the two fishermen, aged in their fifties and from Bath and Liverpool, were happy to wait until the tide ebbed to walk off the rock, although they were at times being covered in spray.
Dave Jackson, from the Land's End Coastguard Cliff Rescue team, said: "When we arrived we could see the waves breaking over the rock but they were happy to stay where they were.
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"I was a bit concerned for their safety and asked for the two lifeboats to attend; at one point we even considered requesting a helicopter as there was quite a swell."
With high water passing at 5.45pm, conditions were slow to improve and the two men had to wait until 8.30pm to leave the rock with the assistance of the cliff team.
"It was a long time to hang around," added Mr Jackson. "But once we had answered the call, we were committed to making sure there was a happy outcome."
Both lifeboats returned to station at 8.45pm.
Over the years, several people have been washed off Aire Point and have lost their lives.