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5:46pm 16th August 2017
(Updated 5:46pm 16th August 2017)

Photo: Nicholas Mutton

A holidaymaker has died after being swept out to sea in a rip current off the Cornish coast.

The man and two teenagers were in a group who got into trouble at Crantock, sparking a major rescue.

Both Newquay lifeboats, the Coastguard rescue team and the helicopter were paged on Tuesday night.

Two managed to make it back to the beach as surfers rushed to help the other three.

They were flown to Treliske, after police and paramedics were also scrambled just before 7.30pm.

A spokesperson from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said: "The UK Coastguard has been coordinating a rescue after five people were caught in a rip tide near Newquay.

"A call was received by the Coastguard Operations Centre in Falmouth just before 7.30pm, reporting the five were in difficulties at Crantock Beach.

"The HM Coastguard Search and Rescue helicopter along with two RNLI Lifeboats and the Coastguard Rescue Team from Newquay were sent to the incident.

"Devon and Cornwall Police and the South West Ambulance service were also on scene.

"Two of the group in difficulties, self-recovered to the beach. Local surfers assisted the three other people".

crantock beach

Crantock Beach where the rescue took place: Derek Harper

A spokesperson from Devon and Cornwall Police said: "A 27-year-old man has died after being rescued from the sea at Newquay last night [15th August].

"He was among a group of three males who got into difficulty after being caught in a rip tide and swept out to sea at Crantock Beach.

"The HM Coastguard Search and Rescue helicopter along with two RNLI Lifeboats and the Coastguard Rescue Team from Newquay, police and ambulance were sent to the incident around 7.30pm.

"The three, who were holidaying in the area, were rescued from the water by two local surfers and then airlifted to Treliske Hospital by the Coastguard helicopter.

"The 27-year-old man was pronounced deceased a short time later. His next of kin have been informed.

"The death is not being treated as suspicious and police will be carrying out enquiries on behalf of the coroner.

"The other two swimmers, aged 17 and 18, remain at Treliske Hospital but are not believed to be seriously injured".

How do I spot a rip current?

  1. Darker patches in the water beside shallower sandbars
  2. Rippled or churned water without breaking waves (as shown in the centre of the photo above)
  3. Formation of foam
  4. Bits of debris floating out to sea
  5. Brown discoloured water where the sand beneath has been disturbed.

Find more safety advice about rip currents here.

5:46pm 16th August 2017

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