I know little about this angler related incident from that storm we had the other day save for what I have read online, but it sounds to me like the person concerned is seriously lucky to be alive. I don’t know Porth and it’s not for me to pass judgement upon whether what sounds like a couple of anglers should have been fishing where they were during that storm, but that aside you have to once again take your hat off to the relevant emergency services for getting this guy out of the water before he died.
This is what I know happened via an article I was alerted to online: “A man who went angling on the Cornwall coast during the stormiest weekend of the year so far had to be rescued by helicopter when he was washed off the rocks. The RNLI and Coastguard were called at 6pm on Sunday after a man was washed into the sea while fishing from rocks at Porth. The man's partner called 999 and asked for the coastguard and a helicopter was launched. Coastguards say the man followed 'float to live' advice and floated on his back rather than struggling against the current. A Newquay Coastguard spokesman said: "Just after 6pm on Sunday evening our team along with Newquay RNLI lifeboats, RNLI Lifeguards Newquay and Rescue924 were alerted to an angler having been washed off of rocks at Porth. "The angler followed the advice given to anyone who inadvertently enters the water, #FloatToLive getting on his back and not struggling. "The helicopter was quickly on scene and plucked him from the sea. He was extremely lucky, he followed advice #FloatToLive and his partner raised the alert immediately by dialing 999 and asking for HMCoastguard. "We wish him a speedy recovery."
The angler who ended up in the water was not wearing a lifejacket, and with what I now know and have come to realise it would be of course be easy to sit here and pass judgement on that fact, but in reality I would bet that most anglers out there who are rock fishing especially are not wearing lifejackets. Why? For any number of reasons, with ignorance and simply not knowing being at the top of the list I would bet, plus the simple fact that as anglers we are predominantly a bunch of blokes who for some daft reason reckon we are invincible - and you can take me as an example here. I didn’t know about lifejackets, I didn’t want to know about them, then when it was suggested to me that they could be useful I purposefully ignored them, until as has been documented on here I came around to how they are quite simply a no-brainer for a lot of the saltwater fishing we might do.
I have put that RNLI Float to Live video on here as it’s so worth a watch, but above all I would implore you please to think about the fishing you do and how you could so easily wear a lifejacket and do a few small things to maximise your chances of having a heap of fun whilst fishing and then going safely home at the end of it. I am sure that in due course I will learn more about what went on with this incident from the other day, but initially it sounds to me like a lot of luck was involved to have this particular angler live to fish another day. What would have happened if the “man’s partner” wasn’t around to call the emergency services? “The helicopter was quickly on scene and plucked him from the sea”. As the article says, you can but with the angler concerned a speedy recovery and hope that this incident might get a few more anglers thinking about their own safety…………….