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Emergency services release tragic details about death of girl off Cornish coastline

Emergency services release tragic details about death of girl off Cornish coastline
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Emergency rescuers say a teenage girl tragically died after being trapped when an inflatable boat overturned throwing three other people into the water off the Doom Bar during a spate of incidents off the Cornish shoreline on Bank Holiday Monday.

Two died and a third is in a serious condition in hospital as all three incidents happened in quick succession. Four RNLI lifeboats, coastguard helicopter, police and ambulance services scrambled to attend near Padstow, Rock and St Agnes.

Afterwards Police Chief Inspector Ian Thompson said: “These are extremely upsetting circumstances and our thoughts go out to all involved.

“It has been a very tough day for local emergency services and we are asking for anyone with information on the above incidents to contact police quoting the applicable log number.”

A spokesman for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said they were called at 12.27pm to a fatal incident which claimed the life of a man at Treyarnon Bay near Padstow who was pulled from the sea by an off-duty lifeguard.

The MCA said: “HM Coastguard received a 999 call at 12.27pm 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.”

Police said they were notified by the Coastguard at around 2.30pm and attended Treyarnon Bay: “Emergency services attended the scene following reports that a man had been pulled from the water by a member of the public. He was pronounced deceased at the scene. The man has yet to be identified and next of kin to be sought.”

Anyone with information should quote police Log 535 25/05/20.



Emergency services at Treyarnon

Shortly after multiple members of the public raised the alarm after witnessing the RIB overturn near Porthilly Rock in Wadebridge.

The MCA said: “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.”

Police later confirmed the girl had been pronounced deceased. Anybody with information can ring the police and quote log number 525 25/05/20.

A man remains seriously ill in hospital after being rescued in a third incident near St Agnes and flown by Air Ambulance to Treliske Hospital. His next of kin are with him.

The MCA said: “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.”

Anyone with information should quote police Log 531 25/05/20.



Newquay councillor Mark Formosa is concerned people could die on Cornwall’s beaches

The weekend of tragedy comes despite warnings over dangerous spring tides and the lack of lifeboat cover.

Concern over the lack of lifeguard patrols in Cornwall were highlighted when Newquay councillor Mark Formosa said he believed lives could be lost on the county’s beaches this summer unless Cornwall Council releases funds used to pay senior lifeguards.

Mr Formosa is concerned that a funding shortage means the RNLI is planning lifeguard patrols for only one in three South West beaches this season. The lifeguards are employed and paid by the RNLI but the charity usually covers their wages with grants from local councils.

On Friday (May 23) evening two teenagers had to be rescued by off duty lifeguards after jumping into the sea in Newquay in a 15ft swell – despite warnings about the spring tide.

The 19-year-old girls had travelled to the coast from Bodmin and were plunging off the harbour wall.

They were pulled out by a strong rip forming at the harbour mouth. Fortunately for them, local surfers at Towan Beach rescued them.

Off duty volunteer lifeguard Matt Love, spotted a girl being swept out of the harbour and paddled over to rescue her. He put her on his surfboard and swam her back against the current.




A second surfer rescued the other girl. Matt said: “The scariest thing is there were other kids thinking about doing it, even after watching us rescue these two girls.”

Matt is urging people not to go in the water, unless lifeguards are on duty.

“We need to get the RNLI lifeguards back on the beaches as soon as possible with the numbers we are seeing, it is getting busier,” Matt added.

“It’s just like the summer holidays out there at the moment. People just need to know, don’t enter the water unless there are lifeguards.”

The incident happened after it was revealed some beaches in Cornwall will be left with no RNLI lifeguard patrols this summer because of a “drastically reduced service”.

St Agnes Surf Lifesaving Club said that St Agnes, Chapel Porth, Holywell and Portreath will be without cover during the summer.

The club, which added a caveat that it was to be confirmed, also stated that a “drastically reduced service” is due to start on Perranporth on May 30 and Porthtowan on June 20.

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