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The coastguard says a family is lucky to be alive after being caught in a deadly rip current in Cornwall. They were swept out to sea at Mawgan Porth near Newquay. Four children and their father weren't seriously injured - but the incident could easily have ended in tragedy.
Dramatic video footage of a coastguard rescue has been released.
It shows some members of a family being brought back to shore after being swept out to sea at Mawgan Porth in Cornwall.
The family were caught by a rip current as they swam off the coast on Monday evening.
Falmouth Coastguard is warning holidaymakers not to swim at night.
It's after a family of five were swept out to sea at Mawgan Porth in Cornwall tonight by a rip current.
It happened about 7pm.
It's thought they had just arrived on holiday and went for an evening swimming after the lifeguards had gone home.
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.
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.