Brothers Rescue Drowning Woman

Two brothers jumped into rough seas between Towan Head and Little Fistral to rescue a drowning woman in Newquay. Falmouth Coastguard and the RNLI have both praised their rescue.

David and Martin, 41, Marney saw the woman, believed to be in her 30s, at about 6pm on Tuesday being swept away after she tried to rescue her dog.

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

The Marney brothers, who are both experienced swimmers with lifeguard qualifications, swam 300 feet (100m) through 6′ (2m) waves to reach the woman who wasn’t moving.

Rescuer Martin, 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 kept the woman afloat for nearly half an hour before the lifeboat picked her up and she was 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 – as they always seem to!

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