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Swimmer Dies At Seaton

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6:01am 18th July 2013
(Updated 6:01am 18th July 2013)

A swimmer has died after getting into trouble at Seaton beach.

The 40 year old woman from Saltash was pulled from the water by an off duty policeman.

She was airlifted to Derriford yesterday evening but doctors could not save her.

Police say she suffered a "medical episode."

Louise from St Mellion was one of six people who gave her CPR until help arrived. She said: "It's not lifeguarded. It's quite a shallow, shelving beach so it takes quite a while to get out of your depth.

"But there are some lovely little rock structures going out to the left and the right - so you can snorkel around those and that's what these people were doing."

Gemma was on the beach with mates and watched events unfold:

Simon Hannaford from Fowey lifeboat has told Pirate FM in the past about the importance of swimming somewhere with lifeguards: "It's the safety side of it. We don't know what the tide's doing, we have a lot of undercurrents here as well and they are out there very quickly and they save a phenomenal amount of lives.  A lot of work that the lifeboats used to do is now done by the lifeguards.

"At most lifeguarded beaches ask what the tide is - if it's going in or out, if you can walk around a corner to see a beach, make sure that you know when the tide is coming in so you can get yourself back safely."

6:01am 18th July 2013

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