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Appeal for witnesses to Cornish surf tragedy

RNLI crews on Mawgan Porth beach, where the accident happened Credit: ITV News

Police investigating the deaths of three surfers in the sea near Newquay over the weekend would like to hear from witnesses.

Officers will be at Mawgan Porth Village Hall from 11 am until 2pm tomorrow, 28 October.

They would like to speak to anyone who saw events unfold off Mawgan Porth beach.

Police have now contacted the next of kin of the three people who died, although they have not been formally identified.

The deaths are not being treated as suspicious and the police are now investigating on behalf of the Coroner.

RNLI says surfer could have died saving others

Activity on Mawgan Porth beach after the surfing accident Credit: ITV News

One of the three people who died in a surfing accident at Mawgan Porth beach near Newquay in Cornwall could have been trying to save a group of teenagers in difficulty.

The RNLI said initial reports suggest one of the casualties had entered the waves in a rescue attempt.

Four children, thought to be in their teens, managed to get out of the water and survived.

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.



RNLI to reconsider half term cover for tragic beach

The RNLI is to review provision for Mawgan Porth beach during half term Credit: PA

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) will review its plans for providing lifeguards during the autumn half-term at a Cornish beach where three people died.

The RNLI said that lifeguards man Mawgan Porth Beach in Newquay, Cornwall, from March to September and confirmed there would have been none patrolling there yesterday.

But the lifesaving organisation explained that there would have been "clear signs" indicating the lack of lifeguard cover for beachgoers.

Local councillor John Fitter said that his "personal sympathy" went to the families involved and that there was "no criticism of the RNLI at all."

Details of those who died in Newquay tragedy

Police say the people who were killed in the sea at Mawgan Porth near Newquay yesterday have not been formally identified.

Officers believe they are a 52-year-old man from the Leeds area, a 44 year-old man from St Austell and a 42 year-old woman from St Austell.

The four youngsters who were in the sea were all boys and were two aged 18, one aged 16 and one aged 15. All four were taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital as a precaution.

Latest on police investigation into surfer deaths

Sign at Mawgan Porth beach near Newquay where the tragedy happened Credit: ITV News

Officers were called by the Coastguard after reports that seven people were in difficulty in the water off Mawgan Porth Beach near Newquay.

The RNLI, Coastguard, Police, ambulance service, air ambulance and search and rescue helicopter from Culdrose were all involved in the rescue.

Three people were taken unconscious from the sea and taken to Treliske for treatment in a serious condition. Sadly all three people were later pronounced deceased in hospital.

Police can confirm one of the men who died was in his fifties and was from out of the force area. His family has been contacted. The other man and woman who died were both in their forties and from Cornwall. The victims have not yet been formally identified and police are currently tracing their next of kin.

The remaining four people who were in the water are thought to have been children or teenagers. They are all accounted for and are safe.

This is a tragic incident and our condolences go out to the families of those involved. Along with the other emergency services we are now working to ascertain the full circumstances of this incident and our priority is to contact the families of those involved and offer all the support we can.

– Supt Jim Pearce, Devon & Cornwall Police

Tributes to victims of Newquay sea tragedy


Surfer deaths sent "shockwaves through community"

A police officer has said the loss of three surfers, who died after getting into difficulty in the water off Mawgan Porth near Newquay, is devastating.

Insp Dave Meredith from Devon & Cornwall Police says the deaths, of two men and woman, has sent shockwaves through the community.

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Pictures from the beach where three surfers died

Emergency services including Cornwall air ambulance, police and coastguard have attended the incident where three surfers died at a beauty spot off Mawgan Porth Beach, Newquay.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said it received 'multiple' 999 calls. Credit: Mitchell Naylor @KernowViddy
The victims have not yet been identified and police are currently tracing their next of kin. Credit: Mitchell Naylor @KernowViddy
The group of surfers are believed to have been caught in a rip current. Credit: Mitchell Naylor @KernowViddy
Officials said the victims are a woman in her 30s, a male in his 50s and a man in his 20s to 30s. Credit: Mitchell Naylor @KernowViddy
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Newquay RNLI: Mawgan Porth is a dangerous beach

Newquay RNLI told ITV News the beach where three people died after getting into difficulty in the sea is "dangerous".

Gareth Horner Newquay RNLI's Lifeboat Operations Manager, said, "Conditions [there] are not really very good for surfing and bodyboarding.

"Mawgan Porth is a dangerous beach. We don't know the exact circumstances or the ability of the people that were rescued today."

"My understanding is that they were in two groups and that one of the casualties actually entered the sea to assist other people who were in trouble."

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Four children 'safe' after incident in sea in Cornwall

Four children were found 'safe and well' on the shore after a group of seven surfers got into difficulty in the sea in Cornwall.

A spokesman for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said the group consisted of four children and three adults.

It added: "The four children were all located safe and well on shore but the three adults were recovered from the water. Two of those recovered from the water were given CPR at the scene.

"The three casualties were transferred to hospital by the rescue helicopter from RNAS Culdrose and both the Devon and Cornwall air ambulances."

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