Cornwall

Eleven people rescued from Treyarnon Bay beach

  • 21 August 2013
  • From the section Cornwall
RNLI rescue
The lifeguards swam out to each person before transporting them back to the beach

Lifeguards have rescued 11 people, including four children, who were trapped in a gully on a Cornish beach.

The youngsters, aged between eight and 10, were in danger of being swept off rocks near a deep cave at Treyarnon Bay beach on Monday afternoon.

The RNLI said it was too dangerous to use the lifeboat or paddleboards.

The organisation said lifeguards had to swim each person to safety through a "solid 5ft swell" as the tide was coming in.

Senior lifeguard Martin White said: "'Because of the shape of the gully and the size of the swell, it was impossible to get the inshore rescue boat or even the rescue board in close enough to pick up the casualties, so the only way was to swim in.

"It was a very difficult and long process, made even worse by the time pressures of the incoming tide and a building swell."

Mr White said the whole rescue process took about 45 minutes.

"Thankfully, we all know this beach and stretch of coastline very well and were able to read the waves and get them all out safely."

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