Walking in Poughill yesterday, I heard sirens, and saw the Coastguard dashing off, blue lights flashing. Later I saw the lifeboat coming back in to Bude. Well, it seems there was a reason for all that…
Bude Coastguard Rescue Team was paged at 12:57 and tasked to the cliffs just north of Crackington Haven, following a report by a member of the public of four surfers in difficulty on the beach below. Boscastle CRT, Rescue 924 (the Coastguard Rescue helicopter), Bude RWC (the Bude Lifeguard’s jetski) and Bude Lifeboat were also tasked.
Arriving on scene shortly after the arrival of Rescue 924 and Boscastle CRT, it was determined quickly that the four surfers were not in any danger, and had in fact been making their way up the cliffs via an established route. So, on this occasion a false alarm, but still a good call.
Having ensured that there were no other persons in danger, all rescue assets were stood down, and returned to their respective stations.
Bude Coastguard said: “Despite this being a false alarm, the member of the public was right to err on the side of caution and make that call. Should you spot anyone on the cliffs, coast, or sea who looks to be in danger, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard”.