Cornwall

Capsized women gig rowers rescued off Cornwall coast

Port Isaac inshore lifeboat Copeland Bell
Image caption The capsize turned a training exercise into a "full-scale incident", the RNLI said

Seven women had to be rescued when their rowing gig capsized off the coast of Cornwall on Sunday.

The RNLI, Falmouth Coastguard and a helicopter crew from RNAS Culdrose were involved in the rescue.

The gig was trying to get back to Port Isaac harbour when it was hit by a large swell.

Five of the women were airlifted to hospital suffering from shock, cold and some minor injuries. The two remaining rowers were taken ashore by lifeboat.

The crew of the Port Isaac D-class inshore lifeboat was out on a routine training exercise when the rowers got into difficulty.

Phil Tidy, RNLI lifeboat operations manager, said their training had "really paid off".

"Thank goodness they were out training yesterday and were able to monitor the gig from an early stage," he said.

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