Father dies in beach tragedy

Saturday 20th August 2016 12:21 pm
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A man has died after a family were swept into the sea at Newquay yesterday.

The family of five were on rocks at South Fistral Beach when they were washed into the sea by a large wave around 5.20pm.

The man and woman and three children, from the Surrey area, were holidaying in the Newquay area when the incident happened.

The RNLI lifeboat, Coastguard helicopter, lifeguards from North Fistral, police, air ambulance and ambulance crews were all at the scene.

The mother and father, both in their 30s, were rescued from the water by RNLI lifeguards.

Lifeguards carried out CPR on the man before he was airlifted by the air ambulance to Treliske Hospital. He died in hospital yesterday evening.

The woman was also flown to Treliske having sustained minor injuries.

A two-year-old girl was recovered from the sea by an RNLI lifeboat before being flown to hospital where she remains.

The two other children managed to get back onto the rocks and were located by the Coastguard. They sustained minor injuries before being taken by ambulance to Treliske.

Next of kin have not yet been informed.

Police are appealing for witnesses to go to Newquay police station today, Saturday 20 August, between 2pm and 4pm, and tomorrow between 10am and 2pm, email [email protected] or telephone 101, quoting log number 681 of 19/08/16 or enquiry number EN/16703/16.

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