Pirate FM News

Keep up to date with the latest news delivered direct to your Inbox.

VIDEO: 3 Surfers Die At Mawgan Porth

Mawgan Porth Rescue
Delicious Submit this page to reddit

10:18am 27th October 2014
(Updated 10:18am 27th October 2014)

Three surfers have died after getting caught in a rip current near Newquay.

Emergency crews were called to Mawgan Porth this afternoon - after getting a series of calls for help.

They found a group of seven people. Four teenagers had made it to the beach, but three adults were still in the water.

Lifeboats from Newquay and Padstow as well as a search and rescue helicopter from RNAS Culdrose were scrambled to the scene.

Three people were pulled from the sea - two had to be given CPR.Mawgan Porth rescue

Cornwall and Devon's air ambulances helped get those involved to hospital, but doctors could not save them.

Rescuers told us they had been in the water for "quite a long period of time" amid pounding surf.

A spokesperson for the ambulance service described the teenagers as "walking wounded." They were wrapped in blankets and taken to the local pub before being checked over.

Nick Bennett is the landlord. He told Pirate FM: "As you know Mawgan Porth is a very close knit community. There's a great sense of loss here. The locals, the holidaymakers alike can't believe this has happened. I know I speak on behalf of myself, everyone here in the business and the local community - our condolences go out to the families and everyone who was involved in the accident.

"I wouldn't say it was rough, I wouldn't say it was calm. It was just a normal winter's waves that you could say. I wouldn't say it was dangerous or hazardous in any way. What I would say is that accidents happen. And today a tragic accident has happened."

The deceased have not been formally identified but police believe they are a 52 year-old man from the Leeds area, a 44 year-old man from St Austell and a 42 year-old from woman from St Austell.
 
The four youngsters who were in the sea were all boys. Two were aged 18, one aged 16 and one aged 15. All four were taken to Treliske as a precaution.

It is not clear what relationship they had to the adults.

Cliff rescue teams were checking the surrounding area as light faded to ensure all casualties had been accounted for.

Superintendent Jim Pearce said: “This is a tragic incident and our condolences go out to the families of those involved.

"Along with the other emergency services we are now working to ascertain the full circumstances of this incident and our priority is to contact the families of those involved and offer all the support we can.”

A spokesperson for the coastguard said: "The Coastguard coordinated a search at Mawgan Porth near Newquay after a group of surfers got into difficulty. Three people were recovered from the sea and transferred to hospital.

"The Coastguard received multiple 999 calls from people at Mawgan Porth beach this afternoon when a group of surfers got into difficulty. The Coastguard launched a search involving Newquay and Padstow Coastguard Rescue Teams, RNLI lifeboats from Newquay and Padstow and the rescue helicopter from RNAS Culdrose. Police and South West Ambulance crew also attended.

"The group who got into difficulty consisted of seven people with boards in the water; four people were all located safe and well on shore but three adults were recovered from the water. Two of those recovered from the water were given CPR at the scene.  The three casualties were transferred to hospital by the rescue helicopter from RNAS Culdrose and both the Devon and Cornwall Air Ambulances."

Local police inspector, Dave Meredith, tweeted: "Condolences from all emergency services go out to family & friends of 3 surfers who tragically died after incident at Mawgan Porth today."

Lifeguard patrols finished at Mawgan Porth at the end of September but other, more popular beaches, still have them.

The RNLI said it would review whether those patrols should be extended to the spot, where three people lost their lives.

Cornwall's air ambulance landed on the beach at 13.42, where two paramedics immediately started working with the casualties - seven minutes after being tasked on the way to another call out.

Chief executive of Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust Paula Martin said: "We would like to reassure everyone that our helicopter crew did everything they could to reach the three casualties as soon as possible.

"A crew of two paramedics and a pilot were in attendance at this incident.

"This is a devastating outcome, and I would like to thank our emergency crew for their efforts in responding to this incident. Our thoughts are with the families of two men and woman whose lives were lost."

10:18am 27th October 2014

Share This Story

Delicious Submit this page to reddit

Contact Us

If you would like to submit a query or provide more information on this story please get in touch below.

: : Name: Email: Phone number: Message: Images:
Please wait...
  • Up to 3 JPG or PNG images, 2MB max size
  • We will always endeavour to credit you when we publish your pictures.
  • By uploading you are agreeing to this non-exclusive reuse, royalty-free, across all Pirate FM platforms, which extends to our partner broadcasters.
  • You retain copyright to all images.
  • If you would like to send us a video, please upload to YouTube or similar and paste the video URL into the message above.
Suggested articles
don cuff delabole firefighter

Cornwall remembers firefighter who died in crash

A special drill is being held to remember him

milo penzance cat 3

PHOTOS: Cornwall's popular supermarket cat dies

Tributes flood in for Penzance 'Tescat' Milo

Most read
Top articles

Cornish MP describes "shocking" terror attack

Cornwall News: The suspected attacker has been named

Pirate FM Cornwall News Update - 7th January 2016

Cornwall Video News: Officials say they’re holding talks to find new jobs for hundreds of workers in Bodmin.

Westminster attack: Five men and three women arrested

National News: Five men and three women arrested in the wake of the deadly Westminster attack have been held on suspicion of preparing terrorist acts.

UPDATE: Body found on popular Cornish beach

Cornwall News: Police say death at Watergate Bay 'isn't suspicious'

Has Kendrick Lamar just hinted at a new album?

Showbiz News: Kendrick Lamar has hinted that the launch of his fourth studio album is imminent with a cryptic message on social media.

Congressman Devin Nunes sorry after Trump surveillance claim row

World News: A Republican Congressman has apologised after saying that post-election communications of Donald Trump's team were picked up by US intelligence agencies through "incidental collection".

Sizing John, ridden by Robbie Power, wins the Cheltenham Gold Cup

Sports News: Sizing John, ridden by Robbie Power, has won the Cheltenham Gold Cup ahead of Minella Rocco and Native River.

Nicole Kidman explains her Oscars 'seal clapping' was to protect a ring

Strange News: Nicole Kidman has explained her "awkward" seal-like clapping during the Oscars ceremony last month.

Newer article

£2.5m For Cornwall's London Link

Cornwall News: The government is stumping up the money to keep flights from Newquay to Gatwick running

Older article

Cornish Pirates V Cross Keys

Cornwall News: It is in the British and Irish Cup

Cornwall's Pirate FMPirate Extra Footer LogoEscape to Cornwall radioLoveCornwall.com - The Cornish Business DirectoryPirate Education and Training

 

© Copyright Pirate FM

Pirate FM cannot be held responsible for the content of external links.