The swimmer had been swept out to sea on Little Fistral Beach in Cornwall and was spotted by someone ashore because she was wearing a pink hat and holding a pink tank on Saturday at 12:45 p.m.
It is the incredible moment when a woman was airlifted from the sea by the Coast Guard.
The swimmer had been swept out to sea on Little Fistral Beach in Cornwall and was spotted by her bright pink swim cap.
She was holding a pink tank which also helped her to be easily spotted by someone on the ground who called 999 on Saturday at 12:45 p.m.
The Newquay and Padstow Coast Guard Rescue Teams were deployed with the two Newquay RNLI Lifeboats and the Newquay Coast Guard Helicopter.
The dramatic rescue was filmed by the Coast Guard.
In the clip, the woman can be seen being pulled out of the water by a member of the team before helping her into the helicopter.
HM Coast Guard)
Matt Rogers, Team Leader at HM Coastguard, said: âThis swimmer had done a lot to give herself a chance to be rescued if things went wrong.
âShe not only had a hot pink colored float, but also wore a hat in the same color. This meant that our caller could help us provide information to quickly rescue the swimmer.
“It’s a reminder of how quickly things can go wrong, even for the most experienced, and why you should do all you can to help us help you if the worst happens.”
HM Coast Guard)
Newquay RNLI later posted: “Newquay RNLI Lifeboat Volunteers were notified for an immediate launch at 12:45 PM on Saturday November 6 after receiving a 999 call, reporting a troubled swimmer in Little Fistral.
The RNLI crew responded from port and launched the association’s Class D inshore lifeboat from Towan Beach in bright conditions and a moderate southwest breeze.
HM Coast Guard)
The lifeboat crew quickly made it to Little Fistral, where the woman was rescued from the sea by the Coast Guard search and rescue helicopter crew and verified by the Coastguard winch paramedic before being safely disembarked on the beach.
Colleagues from the Newquay and Padstow Coast Guard rescue teams were also alerted and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency has since praised the woman for giving herself the best chance of a rescue using a highly visible pink towing float. and wearing a shiny cap, which meant that caller 999 was able to provide accurate information on his location when emergency crews responded.
According to RNLI, if you find yourself having trouble in the water, you can help yourself to safety by learning to float.
Floating minimizes the risk of uncontrollable gasping and breathing water, which can quickly lead to a fall. Here’s how to do it.
1) fight your instinct to struggle
First of all, stay calm and try not to panic. Your instinct will be to swim hard – don’t.
2) Lean back
Lean back, extending your arms and legs, to keep your mouth and nose out of the water and your airways clear.
3) Gentle movements
If you need to, gently move your arms and legs in a scull motion to help you float.
4) catch your breath
Float until you can control your breathing. Do this for 60 to 90 seconds or until you feel calm.
5) Now think about how to get out
Only now can you think about the next steps. If you can, swim to safety. If anyone is nearby, raise your hand and call for help.
Remember, if you find yourself struggling in the water – Float to Live.
Read more here.
âThe RNLI volunteers returned at 1:15 pm and retrieved the lifeboat from Towan Beach shortly after low tide (pictured).
âPlease know that as of last weekend there are no RNLI lifeguards on duty at our local beaches until the spring of next year. In an emergency on the coast , call 999 and ask for the Coast Guard and if you call someone else stay put until you are greeted by emergency services. “