DRAMATIC video of a rescue by Port Isaac RNLI lifeboat shows volunteers racing through rough seas to find an angler who had fallen off rocks near Tintagel Head.
The video (below) was shot by Matt Main using an RNLI helmet camera and finishes abruptly because it was damaged during the recovery of the man into the D class inshore lifeboat.
The fisherman, who was washed off rocks near Tintagel Head, was rescued on Monday 31 December by the volunteer crew of the Port Isaac RNLI inshore lifeboat.
It’s believed the man had been in the water for up to an hour before he was found. With the helicopter continuing to search for other possible casualties, the lifeboat crew decided to head for the nearest harbour – Boscastle – where the fisherman was met by paramedics and then transported on to hospital by land ambulance.
It was late afternoon when the three RNLI volunteers launched onboard the D class inshore lifeboat Copeland Bell following reports that a fisherman had been washed off rocks and in to the sea. In a big sea and a large swell Andy Cameron (Helm), Nicky Bradbury and Matt Main managed to find the man and get him into the lifeboat. At this point it was getting dark.
Entering the harbour in challenging conditions and fading light took all the skill and training of volunteer Helmsman Andy Cameron.
Phil Tidy, the RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager at Port Isaac, said: ‘The crew did extremely well to find and rescue the man and that’s the best news for all of us. This rescue, happening late in the afternoon on New Year’s Eve, highlights the extraordinary commitment of the RNLI’s volunteer crew who are willing to drop everything to help save a life at sea. To know we helped someone in trouble was a good way to see in the New Year.’
Helmsman Andy Cameron said: ‘We don’t know the name of the gentleman we helped, but he is in our thoughts and we hope he is making a swift and full recovery.’
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