A major rescue operation was launched at Bude on Saturday evening to rescue one person from the sea and two others who were stuck nearby.
Bude Coastguard Rescue Team said it was paged at 9.32pm following a report of a person stuck on the rocks at Northcott Mouth, with another person trapped having attempted a rescue.
Rescue 924, the Coastguard rescue helicopter, was also scrambled, as were Bude lifeboat and police from the area.
As the Coastguard team arrived at Northcott Beach, radio communication was received from the Bude lifeboat, indicating that its engine had failed while offshore from the incident.
Padstow all-weather lifeboat was tasked in response to come to the aid of the crew of the Bude lifeboat.
Bude CRT split into two, with one team basing themselves in the field to the south of Northcott Bungalow to provide communications, while the other team liaised with police and the first informant above the unfolding scene.
A spokesman for the team said that, following a briefing from the police, and with a visual check, it appeared that one casualty was in serious danger, on a rock that was being battered by waves, and two further casualties, one of whom had attempted a rescue, were stuck in a cove just to the north of the first casualty’s position.
This information was also relayed to Rescue 924, which was also now on the scene. As many sightseers had congregated at the clifftop, Bude CRT and the police set about providing crowd control.
As this situation unfolded, word was received that Bude lifeboat had managed to restart its engine and set about returning to its station. Padstow lifeboat was also stood down.
Rescue 924 lowered a winchman to rescue the first casualty, who had by that point ended up in the water.
The winchman was lowered into the…