On their Facebook page, the Boscastle coastguard tells how it received a call yesterday of “several persons caught up in a riptide at Tregardock beach” including children.
The full team as paged by Falmouth control room including Port Isaac RNLI who were on scene within 10 minutes and were already assessing the situation with the challenging swell.
It then became apparent between communications from Boscastle mobile 1 who were on scene minutes later and Port Isaac lifeboat that the person’s involved got back to safety themselves and the rest were saved by a member of the public who bravely swam out in the rip and pulled them back to shore. As they said: “although we don’t encourage people to put themselves at risk in a situation like this, this man’s brave actions saved lives yesterday and we could have been looking at a nasty call out”.
Once all persons involved were checked and safe and well by coastguard officers, all the team and Port Isaac lifeboat were stood down. A relieved outcome that could have been a lot worse.
Later came another call out with Rescue 924 helicopter also involved.
A pair of experienced climbers perched on a ledge on a Cornish cliff face declined being rescued, despite the coastguard helicopter hovering over them for 40 minutes.
The pair were spotted after dark on cliffs at Willapark between Tintagel and Boscastle at around 9 pm on Sunday, according to Cornwall Live. However, the pair turned down the chance of rescue, insisting they would rather wait for the tide to go out in the morning before walking to safety. As the Coastguard said, you can’t rescue people if they don’t want to be rescued!