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Lifeguard Matt swims out to save man’s life

EIGHTEEN-year-old RNLI lifeguard Matt Allen saved a man’s life after he got into difficulty in the sea at Blackpool Sands.
The man was spotted on Thursday swimming out towards the diving platform, about 100 metres off shore.
About half way to the platform, he began to struggle and started shouting and waving for help at the lifeguards.
An RNLI spokesman said: ‘Matt immediately responded with a rescue board and quickly reached the casualty, who had become exhausted and was only just able to keep himself above the water. He reassured and calmed the casualty down before returning them both to shore on the rescue board.
‘Once back to safety, the gentleman thanked Matt, saying he was sure he had saved his life.’
The incident was one of several involving RNLI lifeguards across the south west this weekend as the bank holiday brought plenty of people to the coast.
* A group of adults who had been rowing without lifejackets in a dinghy against the tide for about 40 minutes had to be rescued on bank holiday Monday.
They had attempted to row back to Dart Harbour from the Mewstone, after their 3.2 metre Zodiac yacht tender had broken down, but had only gotten as far as Newfoundland Cove before they were rescued by the Dart lifeboat.
The five, who were then taken back to the Darthaven Marina, were facing a headwind and an increasingly strong ebb tide.
Volunteers from the National Coastwatch Institution at the Froward Point watch station observed a small inflatable dinghy near the Mewstone, east of the Dart, in trouble around 4pm.
Malcolm Dando, press officer at NCI Froward Point said: ‘The yacht tender contained five adults with no life jackets and they were rowing against adverse weather conditions but making little progress.
‘The NCI watchkeepers realised their peril and contacted Falmouth Coastguard, who tasked Dartmouth Inshore Lifeboat to attend.
‘Thanks to the prompt responses of the NCI and RNLI the occupants and their dinghy were safely recovered to their yacht moored in the Dart.
‘The reason for their plight appears to be that their outboard motor had run out of fuel.’

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