Hero Dad Helps Rescue Girls - Teacher swims out after teenagers get into trouble
Treviglas Academy assistant headteacher James Rogers, inset, swam out from Gorran Haven beach when he spotted two teenage girls struggling in the water; he waited with them until the coastguard turned up
31st March 2021
By Natasha Swift
A dad has been hailed a hero after helping to rescue two teenagers who became stranded on rocks at Gorran Haven Beach at the weekend.
James Rogers, who is the assistant headteacher at Treviglas Academy, was with his family on the beach on Sunday when he spotted two teenage girls drifting further and further out to sea.
Realising they were in trouble when they ditched their paddleboards and began scrambling up rocks to safety, James sprung into action.
The 42-year-old swam out to the girls and waited with them until help arrived.
Emergency services including both Mevagissey and St Austell Coastguard, paramedics and Fowey RNLI were deployed to the scene just after 3.20pm.
The two 13-year-olds were winched from the rocks by helicopter while James was taken back to shore in the lifeboat.
Recalling the incident, James told the Voice: “I was down on the beach with my kids and could see the teenagers were getting into trouble. I just thought I better go and help. I just kept them company until the coastguard turned up.
“The weather was becoming windy and cold, and they weren’t going to get back on their own. I have lived in Gorran Haven my whole life. We are a close knit community and you notice when something isn’t right.
“I could see these girls getting further and further away. They were climbing up the cliff without their boards and scrambling up the rocks o get out of the water. It was the weather, not the current.”
Quick-thinking James, who had been surfing on the north coast that morning, grabbed his surfboard from the car and began swimming out to the girls.
“I thought they might be able to use it to come back in on,” he said. “I just thought this is not getting any better. I just did what other people would do. I was just in the right place at the right time.”
Treviglas Academy said: “Mr Rogers, Assistant Headteacher, has been hailed as a 'hero' after his quick actions in helping to rescue two 13-year-olds when they became stuck on rocks on Sunday afternoon at Gorran Haven.
“The teenagers had been blown onto rocks by strong winds when they were out paddle boarding and then became stranded. Mr Rogers saw what happened, paddled out alone to assist the teenagers, and waited with them until the lifeboat and rescue helicopter arrived to take them to safety. Everyone at Treviglas is incredibly proud of Mr Rogers.”
A spokesman from Mevagissey Coastguard said: “The team were paged at 1521hrs following two thirteen year old casualties on paddle boards being blown into rocks, north of Gorran Haven Beach.
“The casualties managed to climb out of the water but were stranded on rocks. A local surfer paddled out to stay with them until help arrived.
“The casualties were winched from the rocks by the coastguard helicopter, which landed at Gorran Cricket Club to transfer them to the ambulance. Both were discharged to their parents on scene.
“The surfer was brought back to shore in the all weather lifeboat.
“A great team effort, resulting in a successful rescue. If you see anyone in difficulty on the coast, please call 999 and ask for the coastguard.”