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News Archive > General > Busy day for resort emergency services

Busy day for resort emergency services

By Warren Wilkins 6th September 2017

Busy day for resort emergency services
The RNLI respond to the shout.

EMERGENCY services had an eventful day throughout Friday after a major search was launched for a missing teenager and people were caught out by the incoming tide.

RNLI volunteers launched both the charity’s inshore lifeboats and searched the coast around Newquay in choppy seas between Crantock and Park Head for the missing 18-year-old from Newquay at about 7.30am, along with the police helicopter from Exeter and Newquay and Padstow Coastguard teams.

The lifeboats returned to Newquay Harbour on completing their search at 11.15am, with nothing found. Less than one hour later the lifeboat crew were alerted again, this time to six people trapped by the tide at Bedruthan Steps.

The RNLI crews kept watch on the group as they were escorted to safety through waist-deep water by Padstow Coastguard.

The lifeboat crew searched the other coves at Bedruthan Steps to check that nobody else was trapped before leaving.  

On the way home, the lifeboat crews saw two people and two dogs cut-off at the southern end of Watergate Bay and reported the situation to RNLI lifeguards, who escorted the group to safety. Both lifeboat crews returned to Newquay Harbour by 1.30pm.

A RNLI spokesman said: “The RNLI reminds visitors to the coast to check local tide times and be aware that it is possible to be trapped a few hours before high tide, which is what happened on Friday.”

The missing man was found safe and well in the Newquay area just after midnight on Saturday.He had not been seen since last Wednesday night.

The teenager’s mum posted on social media: “My son has been found. I’m so relieved to have him back in one piece. I’m so grateful for everyone's lovely messages and help.”

A police spokesman said: “The police would like to thank the public for their assistance.”

A spokesman for Newquay Coastguard said: “The team were paged to assist Devon and Cornwall Police search for a missing 18-year-old from Newquay. A search of a significant length of coastline from Fistral to Watergate was undertaken by our team, Newquay RNLI lifeboats, Padstow Coastguard and National Police Air Service from Exeter.”

By Warren Wilkins 6th September 2017

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