Family rescue in Mawgan Porth

A family of five has been rescued after being swept out to sea near Mawgan Porth in Cornwall tonight.

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PICTURES: Images of the Mawgan Porth rescue

A rescuer swims to a person stranded on rocks. Credit: Erin Williams
Members of a family were swept out to sea by a rip current. Credit: Erin Williams
Scenes of the dramatic rescue. Credit: Erin Williams
Coastguards warned over late night swimming. Credit: Erin Williams
Family members were safely taken back to shore. Credit: Erin Williams

Surfer 'exhausted' after rescuing one of four children swept out to sea

Falmouth Coastguard say a local surfer paddled out to assist the family who had swept out to sea in Mawgan Porth.

It's reported that he helped rescue one of the four children caught in the rip current.

He was described by coastguards to have made an 'outstanding effort' and was said to be 'exhausted''.

The children's mother helped save another child.

The father, who had also been swept out to sea, is reported to have helped one child to safety on rocks. He and another child were then rescued from the sea by emergency services.

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Family swept out in rip current in Mawgan Porth

A family of five has been rescued after being swept out to sea near Mawgan Porth in Cornwall tonight [Monday].

Falmouth Coastguard say four children and a man, believed to be their father, were caught in a rip current just after 7pm.

It's thought the family had just arrived on their holiday.

Two RNLI lifeboats, a helicopter, air ambulance and cliff rescue were called out. The family were seen by paramedics at the scene. No-one is believed to be injured.

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