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Family Saved From Being Carried Out To Sea
7:00am 6th August 2013
A mum and dad have battled to pluck their children to safety - after the family got caught in a rip at Mawgan Porth.
Both Newquay lifeboats, a helicopter from Culdrose and the air ambulance were scrambled on Monday evening.
RNLI teams rescued the dad and an eleven year old girl clinging to rocks and three other youngsters were saved by the coastguard rescue team, a nearby surfer and the children's mum.
The family had just arrived on the beach at the start of their holiday from Stoke-on-Trent.
Newquay's Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat helmed by Mark Morris arrived at Mawgan Porth within nine minutes of launching and the four lifeboat volunteers were able to locate two people clinging to rocks in a small cove, exposed to a north west wind and two metre swell.
The second lifeboat with three more RNLI volunteers onboard quickly arrived at the scene and in difficult conditions helmsman Joe Emmett was able to take the smaller D class inshore lifeboat in towards the shore and rescue an adult male and 11 year old girl. They were landed on the beach into the care of the ambulance service, in shock and with slight injuries received from the rocks.
With five people reported in distress, the Search and Rescue helicopter from RNAS Culdrose and Cornwall Air Ambulance were also both called to the scene. Fortunately the emergency teams were later able to confirm that all family members had been rescued from the sea and were safely ashore. Coastguard rescue team volunteers saved a 16 year old female, a nearby surfer reached a 14 year old and the children's mother was able to go into the water and bring a 9 year old child to safety. With everybody accounted for, Falmouth Coastguard released the two Newquay lifeboats and the RNLI crews were back in Newquay Harbour by 8.10pm.
Roger Mason from Falmouth Coastguard said: "They were very lucky indeed. It could have been a completely different outcome - it could have ended in tragedy.
"We don't advise people to go into the water if they don't know the area. If they do go into the water they should only use beaches that are attended by lifeguards."
Patrols at the beach had finished earlier that evening.
Newquay Lifeboat Operations Manager Gareth Horner said after the rescue "Recent heavy rainfall means that rivers flowing into the sea are very swollen and should be avoided by people visiting local beaches."
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