Surfers plucked from the sea
THIS is the dramatic moment a surfer was winched to safety after he and his friend got into difficulty in rough seas near St Austell.
The two surfers were plucked from the sea at Pentewan Sands by Fowey RNLI all-weather Trent-class lifeboat at about 4.30pm on Monday.
They were then winched off the boat by the rescue 193 helicopter from RNAS Culdrose.
Eyewitness Rob Evans and his wife witnessed the rescue while walking their dog.
He said on Monday: "After last night's bad weather [there had been] lots of surfers and bodyboarders here at Pentewan all day.
"Fowey lifeboat came in towards Gamas beach, the village side of Pentewan looking out to sea, and the rescue helicopter from Culdrose.
"The lifeboat picked up two surfers who were clinging to one surfboard. The helicopter then sent down a winchman onto the rear of lifeboat. One surfer was winched up to the helicopter, followed by the second surfer and winchman."
A second eyewitness Adam Sprague, who had been on the beach at the time, said: "It was great to see everyone pull together; all the fishing boats came steaming in to help but before you knew it the lifeboat was there with the helicopter hovering over."