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Woman and dog swept into sea by huge wave

Woman and dog swept into sea by huge wave

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:57am 28th October 2019. (Updated at 2:39pm 28th October 2019)

Archive photo of storm waves at Mullion: Chris Jumunjy Hunt

A woman and her dog have been swept into a Cornish harbour by a huge wave.

Her partner went into the water to try to help as strong winds battered the coast at Mullion.

Coastguards were scrambled on Saturday, but the trio were helped to shore by passersby.

Rescuers say one casualty had suffered an injured shoulder and the other an injured leg.

HM Coastguard has confirmed that the couple were taken to hospital to be checked over.

"Team paged 16.51 to reports of two casualties who had been washed into Mullion harbour. 

"We were informed on the way they had self rescued but still required assistance.

"On arrival at the scene, one casualty had severely hurt their shoulder and the other their leg and were required to be taken to hospital by ambulance.

"Thanks to the first responders from Mullion Fire Service who attended and the two unknown members of the public who helped the casualties out of the water".

Mullion Coastguard Rescue Team

Coastguards received a string of 999 calls from members of the public, just before 5pm on Saturday.

"The couple were extremely lucky, it could have ended very differently for them.

"This weekend we're experiencing high winds which is making wave patterns even more unpredictable than usual. 

"This incident shows just how easily you can be caught out by large waves.

"I really would urge people to stay well away from breaking waves, there is no doubt that they make dramatic scenes but it just takes one unpredictable wave and you may not make it home to your loved ones. 

"Please stay safe, stay back and stay dry but remember if you do see someone in trouble at sea or along the coast call 999 and ask for the Coastguard".

Phil Norman, Duty Controller for HM Coastguard

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