In other rescue action :- Coastguard Nick leapt to the rescue down at the carnival crabbing competition on the Stone Quay. Halfway through landing the catch of the day - a 1cm velvet swimming crab - his picnic blanket blew into the sea. Heroically he paddled in and rescued it.
The blanket was taken home and given a quick wash at 40C before recuperating in the airing cupboard; the picnic blanket is said to be in a stable condition.
Photos later please Nick.
In the interests of accuracy, I wasn't required to don the water rescue equipment and actually enter the water, instead I would like to acknowledge the support and assistance of G Whites Seafood Bar who lent me their mop to fish the blanket out.
Disclaimer: Other seafood restaurants are available, but they won't all lend you their mop.