From Bude Lifeboat’s Facebook page:
The Bude inshore lifeboat (D756) was launched yesterday afternoon to reports of a diabetic surfer in difficulty 100m off Pencarrow Point, Crackington Haven.
Although there was some big surf running on the north coast yesterday, luck was on our side and with 3 x crew aboard, the Bude ILB launched in a lull between sets before making straight for Pencarrow Point.
As the Bude ILB neared the point the 1st Informants (who were on rocks at the cliff base) signalled the casualties position in the water.
The ILB circled in-between the sets and recovered the casualty into the boat on the 1st pass.
After assessing his condition and assessing the surf at Crackington it was decided that the safest option was to transport the casualty in the ILB to Widemouth Bay.
Once there the crew liaised with the RNLI Lifeguards who completed a secondary check on his condition, met with his friends who delivered his insulin and liaised with Boscastle CRT.
The Bude ILB was then re-launched into some tricky surf and arrived safely back in Bude at 15.40hrs.
This was a potentially difficult shout which was made much safer by the quick thinking of the 1st informants who called 999 immediately they saw their friend in difficulty and had managed to throw him a bottle of Lucozade.
We would also like to thank the surfer at Crackington Haven & RNLI lifeguards at Widemouth Beach who updated our crew on the surf & beach conditions at each location.
Bude Lifeboat – photo courtesy of Lisa Tame, Bude RNLI