Keep up to date with the latest news delivered direct to your Inbox.
Review Into Lifeguard Cover
4:51pm 27th October 2014
(Updated 4:51pm 27th October 2014)
The RNLI says it will review whether the beach at the centre of this weekend's tragedy should have extra lifeguard cover.
A man and woman in their forties from St Austell and a man in his fifties from Leeds drowned after getting caught in a rip current.
Four teenagers managed to scramble to shore, as people on the beach battled to save the adults.
Emergency crews, including lifeboats, coastguards, air ambulances and a search and rescue helicopter rushed to the scene.
Now the charity says an annual risk assessment on which beaches should get extra cover out of season will consider the tragedy.
Edwina Hannford, Cornwall Council's Cabinet Member for Environment, Heritage and Planning, said "This is a tragic incident and our condolences go out to the family and friends of those who lost their lives.
"The council is committed to providing safe beaches for local residents and visitors and provides support to the RNLI to help provide lifeguard cover on 57 beaches throughout the main holiday season from April to September. It isn't possible to provide lifeguard cover on all beaches in Cornwall or, indeed, outside of the main season, but the council and the RNLI work very hard to advise the public of the risks and provide advice about beach safety.
"At the end of each season a detailed assessment is carried out by the RNLI and the council to see what level of lifeguard cover should be provided on every beach for the next year. This involves looking at the number of people who used the beach, the type of activities taking place on the beach, and the topography of the local area. It also considers whether lifeguard cover should be provided on that beach for the extended season. This year the Council has worked with the RNLI and other partners to provide lifeguard cover on nine popular beaches during the October half term holiday.
"Outside of the main season there are signs on the beaches offering advice.
"We would like to thank all the emergency services who were involved in this tragic incident and will be working with the RNLI to support their review of lifeguard cover on beaches in Cornwall."
The beaches that currently have extended cover are Praa Sands, Gwithian, Porthmeor, Porthtowan, Perranporth, Fistral, Polzeath, Widemouth, and Summerleaze.
Spokesperson Greg Spray told Pirate FM all beaches are risk assessed: "Mawgan Porth is a fantastic beach, it's a beautiful beach, but it has its hazards like every other beach. It can be dangerous, particularly low tide pushing in towards mid-tide. Some other beaches may be more dangerous at high tide. But every beach has its particular hazards and this needs to be respected.
"Obviously you have to respect the sea. There is good signage on all the beaches. I think you also have to assess the conditions and your own abilities. Listen to locals; get local knowledge and local information from people who know the conditions best."4:51pm 27th October 2014
Share This StoryTweet
BREAKING: Crash blocks A39 in Cornwall
Cornwall News: And reports of a separate collision involving a biker
Boris Johnson suggests UK could bomb Syria without backing from MPs
National News: Britain could join the US in strikes against the Syrian regime without a parliamentary vote, Boris Johnson has suggested.
Silence Of The Lambs director Jonathan Demme dies aged 73
Showbiz News: Film director Jonathan Demme has died aged 73, his publicist has confirmed.
Man found next to dead girlfriend after 47 days missing in Nepal
World News: Rescuers have found a trekker next to the body of his dead girlfriend after he spent 47 days stranded on a Nepal mountain.
Joshua and Klitschko bring fight fascination to Sky campus
Sports News: It's partly the journeys of the two pugilists; it's partly the pull of young meeting old and, let's be honest, it's partly because no sport does self-promotion quite like boxing.
'Muddy' men's jeans on sale for £330 at Nordstrom in US
Strange News: US clothing chain Nordstrom has launched a line of 'dirty' jeans which come with a 'crackled, caked-on muddy coating'.
VIDEO: Surgeon Among Those Drowned At Mawgan Porth
Cornwall News: Friends of David Calder say it is "absolutely characteristic" of him to have put himself in danger to help others
VIDEO: Cornwall News Headlines - 27th October 2014
Cornwall News: The latest news headlines from the Cornwall Newscentre with Tristan Hunkin.