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Lifeboat Day crowds witness 'shark attack'

By West Briton  |  Posted: August 16, 2012

  • The St Agnes Lifeboat tows back into safety a fishing boat that had broken down during an exercise at Lifeboat Day at St Agnes. for Bev. Ref : TRGH20120810B-007_C

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A DRAMATIC shark attack left a victim with serious leg wounds and a lifeboat splattered in blood in St Agnes on Friday.

But the mock emergency was played out as part of St Agnes' Lifeboat Day, when people who packed Trevaunance Cove witnessed rescues in the sea, on the cliffs and in the air as part of the village's annual lifeboat day.

Crowds on the sun-drenched beach were treated to a mass rescue demonstration, including St Agnes RNLI Lifeboat and RNLI lifeguards using their inshore boat, rescue paddle-boards and jet skis. Scenarios included capsize drills, spinal demonstrations, kayak rescues and diver rescues.

Spectators were also entertained by the coastguard cliff rescue team, Newquay RNLI lifeboat and the Royal Navy helicopter.

Highlights included the convincing wounds of a shark attack, a visit by the St Piran fisheries vessel and the tug-of-war, which children on the beach drew when they pulled against the new lifeboat tractor driven by crewman Dave Ruse.

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