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20. Surviving the Surf: Sophie Grant-Crookston

20. Surviving the Surf: Sophie Grant-Crookston


After saving a surfer at Perranporth, Sophie became the first female RNLI lifeguard to be awarded a medal. She wishes her Dad had lived to see it

Growing up in Cornwall, keeping vigil over those in the sea was a way of life for Sophie Grant-Crookston. When a relentless swell trapped a surfer in one of Perranporth’s notoriously dangerous Bat Caves, her years of training paid off. Sophie and her fellow lifeguards had to time their rescue perfectly to get everyone out alive.

Listen to her memories of the 2006 rescue, the thoughts she experienced as the adrenaline surged – and hear about the bittersweet emotions on the medal that links her to the RNLI family forever. 

200 Voices is produced by Adventurous Audio for the RNLI  

Interview by Adventurous Audio 

Soundtrack composed and performed by Jon Nicholls      

The RNLI is a charity celebrating 200 years of saving lives at sea - find out more at  

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