Surfer in trouble at St Agnes thanks rescuer

Image caption Howard Davey rescued Iona Steen from the water in St Agnes
Image caption Mr Davey had been body-boarding when he heard Miss Steen's cries for help
Image caption An RNLI lifeguard carried Miss Steen out of the water

A surfer has thanked an off-duty firefighter who rescued her after she got into difficulties in the sea in Cornwall.

Iona Steen, 28, from Brighton found herself being pulled beneath the waves at St Agnes on Saturday afternoon.

Rescuer Howard Davey said he was "in the right place at the right time".

Mr Davey, a long-time member of St Agnes Surf Lifesaving Club, said he heard Miss Steen shouting for help.

He said: "She jumped on top of me and I had to reassure her and encourage her to kick her legs.

"I protected her as several waves broke over the top of us, and then RNLI lifeguard Dan Stirling joined us on a rescue board.

Miss Steen said: "I was pretty dazed but he was really great and I felt very safe."

Miss Steen, who was suffering from hypothermia, was assisted by the RNLI lifeguard team at St Agnes before being taken to hospital by ambulance for a check-up.

She was released from hospital later and is now back home in Brighton.

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