The daughter of an RNLI lifeboatman was among three girls rescued from rough seas after jumping into the water off Penzance this evening.
Both Penlee Lifeboats were called into action at 5.45pm after Falmouth Coastguard received a call from a member of the public reporting that the girls had got into difficulty.
The girls were wearing wetsuits and had been jumping into the inner harbour but had then decided to go down the slipway by Jubilee Pool.
The youngest girl was caught by a sea and dragged into the water. Her friend tried to pull her out but fell in beside her.
The third girl, daughter of a lifeboatman, then also entered the water, persuading the other girls not to try to climb out in the dangerous conditions by the slipway but to swim out to sea beyond the breakers and wait for help.
Being the strongest swimmer she helped the others until other assistance arrived.
Penlee inshore lifeboat, crewed by Dave Pascoe, James Roberts and Dan Sell, spotted the girls in the gathering dusk amd rescued them, taking them into Penzance harbour where an ambulance was waiting to check them over.
A Penlee lifeboat spokesman said: "Thankfully the girls are ok but very lucky. Prompt action by all concerned saved them from a very dangerous situation, and credit is due to (the girl) for keeping the others away from where they may have been seriously injured. All three were later allowed to go home."