Newquay brothers rescue drowning woman

Martin and David Marney
Image caption Brothers Martin and David Marney rescued a women from the sea off Newquay

Two brothers who jumped into rough seas to rescue a drowning woman in Newquay have been praised by Falmouth Coastguard and the RNLI.

Martin and David Marney spotted the woman at about 18:00 BST on Tuesday between Little Fistral and Towan Head.

The woman, believed to be in her 30s, had been "swept away" after going into the water after her dog.

Coastguard Phil Matthias said if the brothers had not been there, "she would have more than likely lost her life".

The Marney's - both experienced swimmers with lifeguard qualifications - had stripped to their underwear and swam 300 feet (91m) through 6ft (1.9m) waves to reach the woman.

'Floating motionlessly'

Rescuer Martin, 41, said: "When I first saw her I thought she was dead, she was just floating motionlessly on her back.

"When we reached her she was semi-conscious, she couldn't really talk and she she didn't really know what was going on, so we just tried to keep her conscious."

The brothers had started swimming the woman back into the the shore but were signalled by the coastguards to stay out beyond the breaking waves.

"The lifeboat couldn't come in to close to the shore, just in case it got hit by a sneaky set of waves," he added.

After about 25 minutes in the water, the woman was successfully picked up by the lifeboat and airlifted to hospital.

Gareth Horner, RNLI volunteer lifeboat operations manager at Newquay, said: "'The action of the two brothers deserves the fullest praise.

"Their swift response coupled with their training, ensured they were able to reach the woman quickly and safely and provide her with vital support until the lifeboat crew arrived at the scene."

The dog made its own way to shore.

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