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A group of people were cut off by the tide and trapped on rocks this afternoon (Friday 28 May) on the north side of Porthcothan Bay. Padstow volunteer crew launched at 2.36pm and arrived on scene shortly afterwards.

Most of the people managed to make it back to safety but one person had an injured ankle and was being assisted by a Porthcothan Bay RNLI lifeguard. Constantine Bay RNLI lifeguards were also on scene in their inshore rescue boat. Rescue helicopter 924 took the casualty and the lifeguard to the cliff top and after assessing the casualty the helicopter took them to Treliske Hospital. Padstow Coastguard were also on scene, coordinating and setting up a suitable helicopter landing site on the cliff top.

Due to the sea conditions, our volunteer crew followed the Constantine Bay lifeguards back to the beach and returned to the station by 3.30pm. A great joint effort by all involved.

If you see anyone in difficulties on the coast please call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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