TWO surfers who got into difficulty in rough seas near St Austell had to be rescued today.
The surfers were plucked from the sea at Pentewan Sands by Fowey’s RNLI all weather Trent class lifeboat at around 4.30pm.
They were then winched off the boat by the rescue 193 helicopter from RNAS Culdrose before being placed back on the beach.
Eyewitness Rob Evans said he and his wife witnessed the rescue while walking their dog on a coast path.
He said: "After last night's bad weather [there have been] lots of surfers and body-boarders here at Pentewan all day.
“Fowey lifeboat came in towards Gamas beach, the village side of Pentewan looking out to sea, and the rescue helicopter from Culdrose.
“The lifeboat picked up two surfers who were clinging to one surfboard. The helicopter then sent down a winchman onto the rear of lifeboat while both ere moving across the bay, close inshore. One surfer was winched up to the helicopter, followed by the second surfer and winchman. Helicopter then landed on little beach.”
A second eyewitness, Adam Sprague, who had been on the beach at the time of the rescue, said: "We realised something was up when the costguard arrived with an ambulance but could not see anyone in distress.
"We could see Fowey lifeboat coming around the Gribbon so knew it was serious.
"It was great to see everyone pull together; all the fishing boats came steaming in to help but before you knew it Fowey lifeboat was there with the helicopter hovering over."