20-year-old surfer rescued in Newquay after longboard leash broke in 'strong waves' at surf festival

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A young surfer was rescued yesterday during a charity competition after she was caught in strong waves which pushed her towards dangerous rocks.

The incident took place on Saturday morning at Fistral beach in Newquay. The woman, who is believed to be in her early 20s and to be from the town, got in danger yesterday morning when her lifeboard leash broke.

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A spokesperson for Newquay’s lifeguard crew said that she was competing in a surf contest when the incident took place.

The woman was caught in ‘strong waves’ and was pushed towards the rocks on the northern end of the beach.

The surfer, who was trying to get back to the board, had to be rescued because of the bad conditions.

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The RNLI spokesman said that it was 11.45 am when they launched a jet ski, rescued the woman, took her back to the shore where they checked her.

“Fortunately, she was fine,” he said.

It was the first day that the RNLI were on duty at Fistral beach and also the day of the Natty Surf Jam – a one-day charity event organised by Meghann Loney in honour of her late brother Nathaniel.

Nathaniel and Meghann Loney

‘Natty’ tragically took his own life last year at the age of 25, after a long battle with mental illness.

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The RNLI spokesman said: “Fistral beach will now be open full time until the end of October half term.”

The beach will be covered by lifeguards from 10am to 6am.

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