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Man dies at Portreath beach

Man dies at Portreath beach

Published by Helen Down at 12:54pm 2nd June 2020. (Updated at 8:21am 3rd June 2020)

A man has died at Portreath beach despite valiant efforts to revive him.

Emergency services were scrambled following reports of concern for welfare just after 11.30am yesterday morning.

Coastguard, Air Ambulance, Southwest Ambulance, and Portreath Surf Lifesaving Club were involved.

Portreath beach rescue
Portreath beach

Attempts were made to resuscitate the 57 year old, but sadly he couldn't be saved.  His next of kin have been told.

Devon & Cornwall Police say they're not treating the man's death as suspicious.  A file is being prepared for the coroner.

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Penzance Coastguard cliff rescue at Rinsey House on Sunday

This tragic incident happened last weekend which HM Coastguard has revealed as their busiest so far this year.

They responded to 447 incidents to help people who found themselves in difficulty.

Sunday saw an increase of 168% percent on May 2019 following Boris Johnson's announcement that 6 people people in England could meet outside at a safe distance.

Search and Rescue helicopters flew missions 50 times off the UK coastline.

“Boating, swimming and other sea-based activities are now allowed again across the UK, as is spending time on the beach.

"However, now more than ever, people need to respect the sea and the coast to ensure the safety of themselves and their families.

“Regardless of how well you know the coast, or how experienced you are in your chosen sport, the sea can still catch you out.

“If you are visiting the beach with your children, have fun but stay safe. Make sure you have sight of your children at all times.

“In addition, the Government guidelines around social distancing should continue to be observed by everyone in the UK.”

HM Coastguard Duty Commander Matt Leat

Elsewhere at Hayle Beach wardens saved a swimmers life after they got caught in strong crosswinds at the rivermouth on Porth Kidney on Sunday.

 

 

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