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Coastguard Winchman Battered by Waves as He Rescues Men Clinging to Rocks

2018-02-16 16:18
Coastguard Winchman Battered by Waves as He Rescues Men Clinging to Rocks Two men caught out by the tide off the Devon coast were left clinging to a rock as high waves threatened to wash them out to sea on February 15, in conditions that were described as too dangerous for a lifeboat rescue. According to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, rescuers at the scene were unable to intervene “due to the rough seas,” leaving a helicopter rescue as the only possible option. The footage shows how dangerous a mission it was, with ferocious waves crashing over the stranded men and the winchman trying to reach them. Chief Pilot Olly Padbury said: “This was a challenging rescue where we only had seconds to spare." The two young men were successfully airlifted and, luckily for them, reportedly didn’t require medical treatment. Credit: Maritime & Coastguard Agency via Storyful http://hmcoastguard.blogspot.co.uk/2018/02/incredible-scenes-of-coastguard.html https://twitter.com/MCA_media/status/964245388759830528