Woman rescued from Cornish shoreline by RNLI crew

RNLI Lifeboat Crew Image copyright RNLI
Image caption The St Ives Inshore RNLI Lifeboat Crew rescued the woman in the rough sea off Cornwall's Black Cliffs

A woman in "serious difficulty" in rough seas in Cornwall has been rescued by a RNLI lifeboat crew.

The crew of the ILB were called to a possible sighting of a person in the water near Hayle where they discovered a woman was trapped.

It is believed she became cut off by the tide, tried to climb out but fell back into the water and could not get out.

She was winched by helicopter and taken to Treliske Hospital.

'Barely conscious'

Derek Hall, a volunteer lifeboat press officer, said a crew made their way to the area and located the woman in "serious difficulty" in the rough shoreline under Black Cliffs.

He said: "After beaching the boat they pulled the woman from the water and began to administer first aid as she was barely conscious by now."

After first aid treatment from the inshore lifeboat crew, the woman was then winched into a search and rescue helicopter from RNAS Culdrose.

Mr Hall said when she was handed over to the helicopter crew she was well enough to be explaining what had happened to her.

The woman was taken to Treliske Hospital.

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