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More details released after two fatal incidents on Cornish coast

More details released after two fatal incidents on Cornish coast

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 8:21am 26th May 2020. (Updated at 9:05am 26th May 2020)

More details have been revealed after two fatal bank holiday incidents on the Cornish coast.

Three major rescue operations unfolded in quick succession on Monday afternoon.

The first happened on the Doom Bar sandbank, near Padstow, when an inflatable boat overturned.

Coastguard crews and lifeboats were called when a teenage girl became trapped under the upturned boat. Tragically she could not be saved.

Three other people who were on the boat were airlifted to hospital.

"HM Coastguard received multiple 999 calls at around 12.45pm reporting an upturned small boat on the Doom Bar sandbank at the mouth of the Camel Estuary in Padstow.

"RNLI lifeboats from Rock and Padstow were sent, along with coastguard rescue teams from Polzeath and Padstow.

"The lifeboat from Rock brought one person, who was trapped beneath the vessel,onboard and back to Padstow lifeboat station, where they were passed into the care of South West Ambulance Service.

"Three other people who had been onboard the vessel were taken onboard Padstow Harbour RIB."

Maritime and Coastguard Agency

camel estuary
The Camel Estuary

Further down the north coast a man was pulled from the water by surfers at Porthtowan beach.

Two lifeboats and the coastguard helicopter were sent to the scene and the casualty was airlifted to hospital.

The man currently remains in a serious condition.

"HM Coastguard received a 999 call at 12.52pm about an injured person in the water at Porthtowan beach, St Agnes, who was being assisted back to shore by several surfers.

"RNLI lifeboats from St Agnes and St Ives were sent, along with a coastguard rescue team from St Agnes.

"A coastguard search and rescue helicopter from Newquay was also sent and took the person to hospital."

Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Porthtowan Beach

And at Treyarnon Bay another man was pulled from the sea by a member of the public.

Again coastguard and lifeboat crews were called and off-duty lifeguards were also on the scene.

The man was treated by paramedics at the scene but tragically he could not be saved.

"HM Coastguard received a 999 call at 1.27pm about a person in the water at Treyarnon Bay.

"An RNLI lifeboat from Padstow and Padstow coastguard rescue team were sent to the scene, along with a coastguard search and rescue helicopter from Newquay.

"An off-duty RNLI lifeguard on a rescue board took the person to the lifeboat, where they were treated by a paramedic from the helicopter.

"The person was taken back to Padstow lifeboat station and passed into the care of South West Ambulance Service."

Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Treyarnon Bay
Treyarnon Bay

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