Coastguard scramble to stranded drunk woman who swam to boat to see boyfriend

A young woman was left stranded and shouting for help for two hours after swimming out to sea to visit her boyfriend.

The 25-year-old, who had a bit too much to drink, believed it was a good decision to swim out to the fishing boat off the coast of Cornwall where her beau was on board.

But instead she was stranded and calling out for help for hours as the crew were fast asleep and never heard her cries.

When she reached the vessel she couldn't get on the deck and was too weak to make the long journey back to the safety of the shore.

She made the epic journey to the crew on the anchored fishing vessel, Delta Dawn, in the early hours on June 12.

They eventually heard her screaming for help two hours later and pulled her on board.

She was handed dry clothes to warm herself up and to slow down the effects of hypothermia.

The RNLI was called to assist her and to check her over.

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The coastguard has warned that cold water shock is triggered when the temperatures of water is lower than 15C and the average for UK and Irish waters stands at 12C.

Even in the summer, they cautioned, the temperature is cold enough to cause the shock and could steal the air from your lungs.

A statement from the RNLI said: "Due to her condition Falmouth Coastguard requested the presence of Port Isaac RNLI to assess her clinical state and administer any medical help if required.

"After a triage in line with RNLI casualty critical care cards she was deemed to be recovering from the effects of her ordeal and therefore just required continued gentle warming and 15-minute observations whilst making their way back to Padstow Harbour.

"Around 190 people lose their lives at the UK and Irish coasts each year, and over half never even planned to enter the water.

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"Cold water shock is triggered in water temperatures lower than 15C – the average temperature of UK and Irish waters is 12C.

"So even in the summer, the water temperature is cold enough to cause cold water shock, which can steal the air from your lungs and leave you helpless in seconds.

"As part of the RNLI Respect the Water campaign it is our goal to halve the number of accidental coastal deaths by 2024."

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