Driver is hero as two surfers are rescued

A MOTORIST used his car headlamps to help a rescue helicopter crew save two stricken Doncaster surfers at dusk.

The emergency teams were scrambled after a man, aged 20, and an 18-year-old woman who were body-boarding at Poldhu Cove, Mullion, Cornwall, found themselves unable to get back to shore.

The Falmouth coastguard received a 999 call at 8.15pm on Saturday evening from a man reporting that the pair were shouting for help.

The coastguard called out the Mullion and Porthoustock Coastguard rescue teams and requested the launch of the Lizard RNLI lifeboat.

The driver, who had called for help in the first place, sprang into action to help because of the fading light.

A rescue helicopter has also been called because it was getting dark requested.

The man who made the emergency call was able to remain at the scene and, by using his car headlights as a marker for the helicopter, was able to indicate where the body-boarders were in trouble in the water.

The rescue helicopter from RNAS Culdrose then winched the two from the water and they were taken to Treliske Hospital suffering from hypothermia and shock.

The rescued pair were on holiday in the area with their family from Doncaster.

Andy Condy, Watch Officer, Falmouth Coastguard said: “Our coastline is a wonderful and exciting environment for all ages but can sometimes have hidden dangers which you should assess before undertaking water activities.

“If you see anyone in trouble at the coast or on the sea, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”

It is the third high profile coastal rescue to involve Doncaster residents in the past month.

Last week, the Hornsea inshore rescue team had to be called out after a couple from the borough were caught by rising tides while they were walking their dogs.

They were plucked from water which had risen to chest height at their time of the rescue.

A week earlier, Steve Skelton and his 14-year-old daughter Bethany, from Askern, were pulled from the water in Chapel Porth, Cornwall, after strong currents had threatened to sweep them out to sea during their campaign holiday.

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