Yesterday, we received an email from someone, asking if we could help help their cousin who was involved in an accident whilst surfing off the North Devon coast in Croyde Bay.
The message said: “Any chance you can share this, it’s my cousin and wants to reward his saviours”.
So we are writing this article in the hope that someone might know the individuals who the victim, Tom Benson, is trying to find.
Mr Benson said:
“I’ve managed to break my neck in a surfing accident.
“I am on the mend though it may be a slow process.
“Please help me find the man who pulled me out of the sea in Croyde Bay, North Devon, last Thursday 30th August.
“I can’t thank him and his mum enough for saving my life and supporting me on the beach.
“She is a nurse at Manchester dental and eye hospital. She lives in Urmston, Manchester.
“It was his 36th birthday on 31st August.
“Here is what I looked like shortly after they pulled me out of the sea in case it helps to find him and another showing that I am making improvements!
“Thanks in advance”.
If you know the nurse or her son, then please get in contact with us using the details below and we will put you in contact with the family of the victim.
Hopefully, using our large reach, there is a chance that we might be able to find the brave individuals who managed to pull this man from the sea after what must have been a truly horrific accident.
It takes a lot of courage to walk out into the crashing surf, without any sort of life-saving equipment, in order to pull a casualty back into shore.
Anyone who has served in the RNLI, Coastguard, Lifeguards or independent search and rescue organisations, myself included, will tell you that rip-currents and the sheer power of the waves can mean that, in a moment, you can get sucked out to sea.
Hopefully one or some of our followers will be able to track down the selfless heroes who pulled Mr Benson from the surf and who undoubtedly saved his life.
We wish Mr Benson a speedy recovery and hope that he is able to get back out onto the waves as soon as possible.
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