Last night, HM Coastguard received multiple 999 calls reporting a person in the water calling for help, on the south side of the harbour at Mevagissey, Cornwall.
Mevagissey Coastguard Rescue Team, Fowey RNLI Lifeboats and the Newquay Coastguard search and rescue helicopter were all sent to the location.
Before the rescue services had arrived, members of the public on the harbour wall threw the man a lifejacket in the water and he managed to get himself out of the water and onto rocks beneath the harbour wall.
The Coastguard helicopter winchman was lowered onto the rocks with the casualty and then airlifted the casualty to the top of the pier wall, where he was met by a waiting ambulance.
A spokesperson for Mevagissey Coastguard said: ‘The casualty had been in the water for over 30 minutes and was very cold. On landing the casualty he was warmed up at our station were he was checked over by the helicopter paramedic and later transferred to an ambulance crew who then took him to Treliske. A good outcome involving multi agencies Lifeboats, and police working together.’