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Children rescued after being swept out off Falmouth

Children rescued after being swept out off Falmouth

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:25am 29th October 2018. (Updated at 7:06am 29th October 2018)

A group of kayakers and paddleboarders have been rescued after a 'potentially very serious incident' unfolded off the Cornish coast.

The group was being swept out to sea near Falmouth and one man had lost his paddle.

A lifeboat managed to bring three children and an adult back to safety quickly at Maenporth.

It then went back out to rescue another adult who had been blown around and was in serious danger.

Several members of the group had swallowed sea water and were very cold - and were treated by paramedics.

Officials say the group was 'incredibly lucky' and a warning is going out urging people to check weather conditions.

"The team was tasked to a report of persons in difficulty, Maenporth.

"Falmouth Lifeboat was also tasked.

"On scene a potentially very serious incident was unfolding.

"Several people on kayaks and paddle boards where in trouble, being blown out on the offshore wind. One of the group had lost his paddle and was unable to progress.

"Team members kept sight of the group and the inshore lifeboat had quickly arrived on scene and collected three children and one adult and bought them to safety.

"It then headed back out and collected another adult who'd now been blown round to 'the hutches' and was now in serious danger.

"An Ambulance was requested as a number of the group had been in the water, they were very very cold and taken on some sea water.

"It goes without saying that this group where incredibly lucky. Please check the weather conditions and have means of being able to summon help should you require it BEFORE you head out.

"If you get into trouble please don't hesitate to call 999 and ask for the coastguard."

Falmouth Coastguard Rescue Team

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