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WATCH: Person almost swept from Cornwall beach

WATCH: Person almost swept from Cornwall beach

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 12:16pm 2nd March 2018. (Updated at 8:57am 3rd March 2018)

It is hard to believe anyone would want to battle freezing cold waves on a Cornish beach during heavy snow...

But that is exactly what happened on Thursday - during the height of Storm Emma!

At one point, they were almost swept off their feet at Gylly Beach in Famouth.

Lewis Hawkins caught the moment on camera, posting: "I cannot believe my eyes. 

"Gylly beach someone waiting for the sea to get them twice. Selfish and stupid!

"What if the had to risk lives to come get you!? The sea is dangerous and so is the cold".

You can watch the video here...


Storm Emma battered Cornwall on Thursday, hot on the heels of the Beast from the East.

Strong winds swept rocks, sand and debris from Swanpool and Maenporth beaches onto nearby roads.

It sparked a warning from Cormac as the Falmouth area felt the full force of the storm.

On Friday, all of Cornwall's schools are closed, properties on the Lizard flooded and hundreds of homes left without power.

You can keep up with the latest travel news on Pirate FM's live blog here.

What to do if you spot someone in trouble in the water:

  • Avoid the temptation of getting too close to the stormy conditions and putting your life at risk.
  • If you see someone else in danger in the water, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.
  • If you have something that floats or that they can hold on to, throw it to them.
  • Don't go in the water yourself - too many people drown trying to save others.

What to do if you get caught out:

  • Stay calm and don't panic. 
  • If you can stand, wade. Don't try to swim. 
  • If you have an inflatable or board, keep hold of it to help you float. 
  • Raise your hand and shout for help loudly. 
  • Don't swim against the direction of the rip or you'll get exhausted. 
  • Swim parallel to the beach until free of the rip, then make for shore.

Source: RNLI

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