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RNLI lifeguards at Constantine assist windsurfer

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RNLI lifeguards on patrol at Constantine beach launched their inshore rescue boat on Saturday (7 May) to assist a windsurfer who was in difficulty.

Lifeguards were keeping an eye on a group of windsurfers who had gone into the water on Saturday afternoon.

They spotted one windsurfer fall and struggle to get his equipment back up so lifeguards Joe Jones and Cameron Wickins got into their wetsuits and began launching their inshore rescue boat.

Fortunately by the time they’d launched the inshore rescue boat the casualty had already made their way back to shore.

Lifeguard Jordan Dean, who remained at the lifeguard hut, scanned the water through his binoculars to see if anybody else was in difficulty and saw a second casualty who’d lost his kit near Trevose Head, a dangerous headland with strong currents. Joe and Cameron made their way over to the 18-year-old man and got him into the inshore rescue boat.

Joe said: ‘The male windsurfer had gone down about 150m off Trevose Head and although there was a strong offshore wind that day, he was sheltered from the headland so wasn’t able to catch any wind to get back up. We picked him up in the inshore rescue boat and took him back to the beach.’

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Footage of the rescue is available to download here: http://rnli.org/Pages/Video-Details.aspx?VideoItemID=T1UoudwG

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