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Lifeboat and surfers rescue two fishermen from water

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: October 12, 2012

TRICKY TASK:  Bude lifeboat making the boat safe.

TRICKY TASK: Bude lifeboat making the boat safe.

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TWO men who were thrown from their fishing boat when it was hit by a large wave off the North Cornwall coast on Sunday were rescued by local surfers and the RNLI.

Bude lifeboat was launched at around 8am after reports of two people in the water just outside Bude Harbour.

The lifeboat recovered the skipper of the local fishing vessel from the water while a second man was assisted to shore by surfers.

The skipper said his 25ft boat had been hit by a rogue wave as they left the harbour.

Lifeboatmen used ropes to slow the runaway boat, which was circling under full power and in danger of running aground, before boarding it. It was then returned to the owner at a nearby mooring.

Lifeboat operations manager Chris Cloke said: "The call-out was an unusual job for the crew of Bude lifeboat, having to first slow the boat using ropes.

"It was a job that needed initiative and teamwork."

A video of the rescue can be seen on www.thisiscornwall.co.uk/buderescue

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