Press Notice No: 107-12
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Posted 16:55 GMT
MAN DIES AFTER BEING WASHED OFF ROCKS WHILST ANGLING
At 01.52 this afternoon, Falmouth Coastguard received a 999 call from a young man reporting that his friend was in trouble in the sea. The man had run to life saving apparatus that was positioned nearby. He used the perry bouy, to throw to his friend who was unfortunately unable to reach it.
Falmouth Coastguard called out the Boscastle and Port Isaac Coastguard rescue teams, and requested the launch of the Port Isaac RNLI inshore lifeboat and requested a rescue helicopter. The Trebarwith beach lifeguards also paddled their board to the location.
One man was winched from the water by the rescue helicopter and taken to hospital.
The weather conditions in the area are Southerly Force 4, which was producing a heavy swell, and good visibility.
The man was washed off the rocks and his friend made every effort to save him.
The man has now been declared dead at hospital.
Neil Oliver, Watch Manager, Falmouth Coastguard said:
The Coastguard advise that anglers who are fishing near the waters edge and from an unstable platform (such as rocks) should wear a lifejacket or buoyancy aid.
If you are undertaking activities at the coast, it is advisable to have a means of communication in case of emergency.
Posted By: Fred Caygill
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