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