A 27-year-old man has died after being rescued from the sea at Newquay last night [15 August 2017].
He was among a group of three males who got into difficulty after being caught in a rip tide and swept out to sea at Crantock Beach.
The HM Coastguard Search and Rescue helicopter (Rescue 924) along with two RNLI Lifeboats (@NewquayRNLI) and the Coastguard Rescue Team from Newquay (@NewquayCRT), police and ambulance, were sent to the incident around 7.30pm.
The three, who were holidaying in the area, were rescued from the water by two local surfers and then airlifted to Treliske Hospital by the Coastguard helicopter.
The 27-year-old man was pronounced deceased a short time later. His next of kin have been informed. The death is not being treated as suspicious and police will be carrying out enquiries on behalf of the coroner.
The other two swimmers, aged 17 and 18, remain at Treliske Hospital but are not believed to be seriously injured.
Our thoughts are with the man's family & friends, and everyone who was involved last night. https://t.co/K4YIASwiSA
Only 5 days ago, there was a mass rescue at Crantock Beach, RNLI lifeguards had to rescue multiple body boarders from a strong current. Two lifeguards were deployed on rescue boards and performed 11 rescues and 15 assists in total. Click here for more details from RNLI
Crantock beach is patrolled by RNLI lifeguards between 10am-6pm until 1 October.
Wherever possible, you should swim at a lifeguarded beach. Always read and obey the safety signs, usually found at the entrance to the beach. This will help you avoid potential hazards on the beach and identify the safest areas for swimming.
In 2013 there were 738 RNLI lifeguard incidents involving body boarders. Between 2006 and 2011 53% of people rescued from rip currents at RNLI lifeguarded beaches were bodyboarding.
An overdue diver has been located safe and well by the UK Coastguard search and rescue helicopter based at Newquay after a large search operation was launched earlier today.
Rescue 924 (based at Newquay) on another tasking.
Just after 1pm today (9 August) UK Coastguard received a VHF Radio broadcast on Channel 16 – the VHF distress frequency – from the diving vessel reporting that the diver was 15 minutes overdue.
The diver, who was with a group of seven other divers, was last seen 1nm north of Mannacles, Cornwall.
An extensive search and rescue operation was launched involving Porthoustock and Mullion Coastguard Rescue Teams, Falmouth and Lizard RNLI Lifeboats and the UK Coastguard search and rescue helicopter based at Newquay. Devon and Cornwall Police were also informed.
The missing diver was located safe and well by the Coastguard helicopter just after 2pm on the shoreline. Despite being exhausted, he required no medical treatment and has been airlifted to Porthoustock.
Lee Duncan, Duty Controller for the UK Coastguard said: ‘We commend the actions of the crew of the diving vessel who called us when the diver was overdue. The diving vessel had all the right equipment on board including a VHF Radio in case anything went wrong – which is what they used in this case to raise the alarm with us. Thankfully, the UK Coastguard helicopter was able to locate the missing diver on the shoreline and take his safety. It was very clear that the dive vessel had a plan in place if anything should go wrong and they did exactly the right thing to contact the Coastguard quickly so we could task our Coastguard, the RNLI Lifeboats and our Coastguard helicopter to assist.
‘Remember if you’re planning on diving in the sea, make sure you are adequately qualified and experienced for the dive that you plan to undertake, keeping a close eye on weather and sea conditions, and making your own fitness a top priority for safe diving.
‘Familiarise yourself with new or different gear before planning deep dives and to always dive within your limits. In an emergency contact the Coastguard immediately.’ – Hm Coastguard