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Three surfers die after struggle with rip in Newquay

Mawgan Porth, Newquay © Andy Budd



Water Safety

Seven surfers caught in rip current at Mawgan Porth

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 26 October, 2014 - Three surfers have died after getting into difficulties in the sea in Cornwall, police have said. Two men and a woman were caught in a rip current off Mawgan Porth beach near Newquay at around 1.30pm on Sunday. A air and sea rescue mission was launched after onlookers spotted a group of seven, including four children, in difficulty in the water.

The three adults were recovered unconscious from the water but were later pronounced dead. The four children were rescued and were safe, police said. Police said the woman and one of the men who died were in their 40s and from Cornwall. The second man was in his 50s and was from outside the police force’s area. A spokesman said his family has been contacted.

Locals said there were rough seas along the coast on Sunday afternoon. Peter Abell, owner of the Kingsurf surf school at Mawgan Porth – which was not involved in the incident – said some currents were “slightly more dangerous than usual” but conditions were “not as bad” as they could be. “The waves were bigger, they were quite big. And it wasn’t the safest of days to be in the sea,” he said. “But it wasn’t particularly dangerous. There were lots of safe places to be and they were just in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Two of the three recovered from the water were given CPR at the scene before they were airlifted to hospital.

Update on 27 October from ITV:

Steve Instance, RNLI lifeguard manager for the South West of England, said: "There was a group of people who were surfing. From the reports we have, one of the people who drowned may have gone in to try to help the others. We believe that two of the casualties are local, in their 40s, and the third is a gentleman in his 50s from outside the area. We believe that the group of children may have been the first to get into difficulty."


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