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Stricken angler 'didn't have anything left'

Eleanor Parkinson

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An angler who was washed into the sea during a swell off north Cornwall is lucky to be alive say rescuers.

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Sam Luntley, 37, was caught by a big wave at Porthcothan near Newquay in Cornwall on Sunday.

But quick-thinking walkers Paul and Karen Frame from Woking threw him a lifebelt which kept him afloat until a rescue helicopter arrived.

Mark Coupland, co-pilot in the rescue, said: "The fisherman had been treading water and didn't have anything left.

"Whoever launched the ring from the cliff side really saved this gentleman's life.

"The public also helped us locate the man, given they made sure they were visible by waving their arms to get our attention as we arrived."

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Angler rescue: 'If it wasn't for them I wouldn't be here'

Eleanor Parkinson

BBC Spotlight

An angler has thanked a "quick-thinking" family who saved him after he was washed into the sea.

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Angler Sam Luntley, 37, was hit by a large wave on the coast at Porthcothan, Cornwall, on Sunday.

Walkers Karen and Paul Frame threw him a lifebelt which enabled Mr Luntley to stay afloat and tread water until a rescue helicopter arrived.

The throw was "so accurate" it landed within his grasp, said rescuers who airlifted him to hospital.

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"We just shouted at Sam 'Swim, swim swim,'" said Ms Frame, whose brother-in-law Paul, from Woking, alerted rescue services.

"I don't think he could hear actually what we were saying because of the wind and everything."

Karen and Paul Frame
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Mr Luntley, from Launceston, Cornwall, said: "I made a couple of attempts to get back on the rocks but I kept getting washed back and at that point I realised I was not going to be able to climb out.

"I heard their calls and when I saw the lifebelt I clung on." He had been in the sea for at least 30 minutes before he was airlifted to hospital suffering from hypothermia and a leg injury.

He met the Frames after his ordeal to give them a "big hug because if it wasn't for them I wouldn't be here".

Severe disruption: M25 Surrey clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Surrey clockwise severe disruption, before J11 for A320 St Peters Way.

M25 Surrey - Two lanes closed and queues on M25 clockwise before J11, A320 (Chertsey), because of a lorry that's broken down.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

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M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe accident, from J12 for M3 to J11 for A320 St Peters Way.

M25 Surrey - One lane closed on M25 anticlockwise from J12 M3 to J11, A320 (Chertsey), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time