Cornwall

Paddleboarder rescued after six hours at sea

Penlee all-weather lifeboat Image copyright Nigel Millard
Image caption The paddleboarder was rescued by the Penlee all-weather lifeboat

A paddleboarder spent six hours at sea before being rescued off the Cornish coast.

Joe Holtaway drifted out to sea at Marazion on his paddleboard - a larger version of a surfboard.

A helicopter from RNAS Culdrose near Helston, two lifeboats and three coastguard rescue teams were involved in the rescue mission.

Mr Holtaway was taken to hospital in Truro where he was treated for hypothermia.

Falmouth Coastguard was alerted shortly before 20:00 GMT on Tuesday.

'Beautiful evening'

A Penlee Lifeboat spokesman said: "After nearly three hours of searching for a missing person, Penlee Lifeboat found the young man a mile south of Marazion Beach around 11pm.

"The person... was taken to Newlyn Harbour by the lifeboat then conveyed to hospital by ambulance."

Mr Holtaway posted a message to the Penlee Lifeboat Facebook page which said: "It was a beautiful evening in Marazion, I paddled out on my board in the sunset and drifted further/got colder than I could get myself back to shore from.

"Six hours later the lifeboat took me onboard, and brought me in."

Mr Holtaway thanked everyone involved in his rescue.

Falmouth Coastguard said the Penlee all-weather and inshore lifeboats and coastguard rescue teams from Penzance, Porthleven and St Ives were all involved in the rescue mission.

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