Our attention was suddenly diverted by the very loud whirr of a helicopter. We gazed upwards at the sky - what was happening? We rushed to the end of the pier to focus across at a Navy helicopter getting closer and closer and the NSRI Rescue boat suddenly picking up speed in the harbour and heading out towards the open sea. Fearing the worst, we looked and watched as they plucked somebody out of the sea and winched him to the safety of the helicopter. Swimmer or fisherman in trouble?
But suddenly, a huge splash as they dropped the person back into the water. Phew - we breathed a sigh of relief - it was a training session for the rescue services. Panic over! The exercise appeared to go without a hitch so hats off to competent heli and boat crews who must be preparing for the busy summer season.
Boasting a long,wide, safe beach, the sun-worshippers come out in their droves during the hot summer months. During winter, the beach is great for walks whilst enjoying the invigorating sea breezes.