Video: Men rescued after boat hit by huge wave off Cornwall coast

Video: Men rescued after boat hit by huge wave off Cornwall coastYouTube

Two men who were thrown from their fishing boat after it was hit by a large wave off the Cornwall coast were rescued by local surfers and the RNLI.

Bude lifeboat was launched on Monday morning after reports of two people in the water in Bude Bay.

While the lifeboat rescued the skipper of the boat from the water, the second man was helped to shore by surfers.

The skipper said his 25ft boat had been hit by a "rogue" wave as they left the harbour, throwing them both into the water.

Lifeboatmen were also faced with catching the runaway boat, which was circling under full power and in danger of running aground.

Using ropes, they successfully got control of the vessel and boarded it, before returning it to the owner at a nearby mooring.

Lifeboat operations manager Chris Cloke told This Is Cornwall: "The call out was an unusual job for the crew of Bude lifeboat, having to first slow the boat down using ropes and then boarding it.

"It was a job that needed initiative and team work, thanks to the rigorous training that the crew under take the situation had a successful outcome."

See the rescue here:

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